Meniere's Disease

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Meniere’s Disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance to a varying degree. It is characterized by episodes of vertigo, low-pitched tinnitus, and hearing loss. The hearing loss is fluctuating rather than permanent, meaning that it comes and goes, alternating between ears for some time, then becomes permanent with no return to normal function. We have perilymph and endolymph fluid inside the inner ear. This fluid swells and applies pressure to the inner ear and semicircular canals. This can cause a range of severe symptoms for people.

Human Ear diagram by Dan Pickard

Managing Meniere’s Disease

If you feel this combination of symptoms is relevant to you then speak to an Audiologist. They can advise you if a consultation with an Ear Nose and Throat specialist is recommended.

Although Meniere’s Disease cannot be cured there are many ways of effectively managing the symptoms. Hearing aids can be very successful in alleviating the difficulties associated with a Meniere’s type hearing loss. In fact an Audiologist can program an appropriate hearing loss to be flexible enough to accommodate fluctuations in hearing loss. Hearing aids are also very effective in managing tinnitus.

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