What is Meniere’s Disease?

By AOO on April 23, 2018 under Hearing, Hearing Loss

What is Meniere’s Disease?

Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear, causing bothersome episodes of hearing loss, vertigo, and other symptoms. The disease can affect any age, most commonly those between 20 and 50. Although this condition is considered chronic, a proper diagnosis and treatment can relieve symptoms and help you lead a more comfortable life.

Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease

The exact cause of Meniere’s disease is unknown, however, it can be linked to an abnormal amount of fluid in the inner ear. If both ears are involved, the disorder might be associated with allergies or an autoimmune disorder.

So how do you know if you have Meniere’s disease? Symptoms of the disorder often come and go, sometimes getting better and disappearing completely for several weeks to years. Episodes of symptoms include vertigo (a spinning sensation), partial hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ear), and a feeling of fullness in the ear.

Proper diagnosis and treatment

It’s important to remember that the symptoms of Meniere’s disease can mimic other conditions, so a proper diagnosis from an ENT specialist is necessary before treatment. After discussing your symptoms, their longevity, and severity, your physician will perform a hearing and balance test to determine if Meniere’s disease is the true cause of your symptoms.

After proper diagnosis, a treatment plan will be developed based on your unique symptoms. This might include anti-vertigo medication, diet change, increasing exercise, and other lifestyle changes like avoiding stress and getting regular sleep. In more severe cases, an intratympanic injection might be given in the middle ear to control symptoms.

If you suspect you could be suffering from Meniere’s disease, contact Associates of Otolaryngology today. We can schedule your consultation with an ENT specialist for a proper diagnosis.