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Ear Condition:
Menieres Disease

Menieres Disease

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In this article i’ll tell you all about Menieres disease. A chronic ear condition that can cause symptoms such as vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss. Firstly i’ll talk about the symptoms, then why it develops and lastly the treatments. If you have been diagnosed or suspect that you may have it, it’s important to act quickly. This is because if left alone it can cause permanent damage to your hearing.

Menieres disease – Symptoms
  • Episodes of vertigo, which can cause a feeling of spinning or whirling
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Hearing loss, which can be temporary or permanent
  • A feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear
  • Sudden, single sided hearing loss  

 

Menieres disease – why do you get it?

The exact cause of is not yet fully understood. It is thought to be related to changes in the fluid in the inner ear, which contains tiny structures called the labyrinth. As a result, these structures develop an excess buildup of the fluid, disrupting the normal functioning of the labyrinth.

Meanwhile, Menieres disease can also increase the risk of tinnitus and permanent hearing loss. This is due to symptoms causing damage to the delicate structures of the inner ear. 

Menieres disease – treatment

Fortunately, treatments are available depending on the severity of your symptoms. Firstly, Diuretics or steroids can help to reduce the buildup of fluid in the inner ear. Others may benefit from vestibular rehabilitation, which is a type of physical therapy that can help to improve balance and reduce the frequency and intensity of vertigo episodes.

In some cases, surgery may be recommended to treat Menieres disease. This can include procedures such as endolymphatic sac decompression or vestibular nerve section. Both help to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life.

What to do if you suspect these symptoms

If you are experiencing these symptoms, it’s important to speak with your doctor or an ear specialist quickly. This is to help to diagnose the condition and recommend the best course of treatment for you.

This is a chronic condition that can cause a range of symptoms related to the ear and your hearing. While the exact cause is not fully understood, there are several treatments available that can help.

Most importantly, speak with your doctor or give us a call for guidance if you feel you have these symptoms.

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if you’re looking for some independent advise on this subject, please click here to see the relevant NHS page.