Living with Meniere’s Disease

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Published on March 13, 2014

Author: doderohearing

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Meniere’s disease is a condition of the inner ear which induces problems with hearing and balance. Although medical science hasn’t yet identified a cure for this disease, there are several things you can do to decrease its symptoms and minimize its effect on your day-to-day life.

Dodero Hearing Center CA | (805)-284-0889 | http://www.doderohearing.com Discover more great content here: https://twitter.com/DoderoHear http://www.youtube.com/user/SantaBarbaraHearing https://www.facebook.com/DoderoHearingCenter http://www.pinterest.com/doderohearing Living with Meniere’s Disease Three of the most recognizable signs and symptoms of Meniere’s disease are tinnitus, vertigo, and fluctuating hearing loss. Meniere’s disease is a condition of the inner ear which induces problems with hearing and balance. Although medical science hasn’t yet identified a cure for this disease, there are several things you can do to decrease its symptoms and minimize its effect on your day-to-day life. Many people experience Meniere’s disease symptoms in episodes. A common starting point of these episodes is a feeling of fullness in the ear that leads to tinnitus and mild hearing loss. Vertigo is likely to come next, causing you to feel as though the room is spinning around you. This dizziness may also come with nausea, vomiting and balance problems. Episodes vary in length, sometimes ending as quickly as twenty minutes or lasting for hours. Many people who suffer from Meniere’s disease experience several such episodes in a short period of time with long periods of ‘remission’ in between. Individual symptoms can vary a great deal in both duration and severity from episode to episode. Since these symptoms are not unique to Meniere’s disease, it’s very important to check with your physician to rule out other potentially serious health problems. Researchers are still working to determine the cause of Meniere’s disease, but the leading theory is that its symptoms are caused by abnormalities in fluid in the inner ear. Scientists have discovered that the amount and pressure of fluid in the inner ear is critical to your hearing and balance. There are a number of factors that could trigger abnormalities in this inner ear fluid, including head trauma, viral infections, improper drainage and allergies. While there is no known way to cure Meniere’s disease, you do have options when it comes to managing its symptoms. People who experience nausea as a result of

Dodero Hearing Center CA | (805)-284-0889 | http://www.doderohearing.com Discover more great content here: https://twitter.com/DoderoHear http://www.youtube.com/user/SantaBarbaraHearing https://www.facebook.com/DoderoHearingCenter http://www.pinterest.com/doderohearing vertigo can use anti-nausea medications to alleviate their symptoms. Physicians may also prescribe drugs that reduce fluid retention as a way to control the disorder. Hearing aids offer a proven solution for episodes of hearing loss, while rehabilitation has been shown to improve balance during episodes of vertigo. The effects of vertigo may also be lessened by sitting or lying down as soon as possible after an episode starts and by avoiding triggers that seem to make vertigo symptoms worse. While the symptoms of Meniere’s disease can certainly pose challenges, the good news is that there are strategies for minimizing them so that patients suffering from this condition can live near-normal lives.

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