What is Meniere’s Disease?

Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder that typically starts in one ear in most cases, but later might affect both. The most common symptom of this condition is vertigo (dizziness) or having a sensation that everything around the person with vertigo is spinning.

Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease

The common symptoms of Meniere’s disease include -

  • Episodes of dizziness or vertigo

  • Nausea, vomiting and sweating

  • Tinnitus or ringing in the ears

  • Having a feeling of fullness

  • Hearing loss

  • Balance problems

  • Headaches

 

What are the Causes?

The exact causes of Meniere’s disease are still unknown. It occurs when there is an abnormal amount of fluid buildup in the inner ear. But why that happens still needs to be found out.

However, the possible reasons that might affect the fluid, thus contributing to Meniere’s disease include -

  • Improper fluid drainage

  • Viral infection

  • Immune problems

  • Genetic conditions

How is Hearing Loss Linked with Meniere’s?

Since Meniere’s disease affects the inner ear which comprises the main auditory organ that is responsible for hearing - the cochlea, the hearing ability of the individual gets affected as well. Unfortunately, Meniere’s disease cannot be cured, a number of treatments like medications and rehabilitation can help reduce the severity of the condition and control the episodes of vertigo. However, the hearing problems associated with the disease can’t be cured. Hearing loss in such cases can be treated with the help of a hearing aid machine which would only help you to listen better.

It is always advised to consult a professional Audiologist before taking any decision. A good hearing loss treatment is extremely important to live a better quality of life. Digital hearing aids are always better than analog ones, as they provide better sound quality and hearing experience. A good quality hearing aid machine will support you for years!