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No one’s really certain what causes Meniere’s disease. But it’s difficult to overlook its impact. Ringing in the ears, dizziness, vertigo, and hearing loss are all typical symptoms of this disorder. Scientists aren’t really certain why, but for some reason, fluid can accumulate in the ears and this seems to be the underlying cause of Meniere’s disease.

So here’s the question: how can you address something that doesn’t seem to have an identifiable cause? It’s a complex answer.

What exactly is Meniere’s disease?

There’s a chronic disorder that affects the inner ear and it’s known as Meniere’s disease. Symptoms of Meniere’s will grow as time passes, for many patients, because it’s a progressive disease. Those symptoms could include:

Unpredictable spells of vertigo: Regrettably, there’s no way to know when these attacks of vertigo may occur or how long they could last.

Tinnitus: The intensity of this tinnitus could ebb and flow, but it’s not abnormal for those with Meniere’s Disease to experience ringing in their ears.

Fullness in the ear: This symptom is medically called aural fullness, the feeling of pressure in your ear.

Hearing loss: Eventually, Meniere’s disease can cause a loss of hearing.

It’s critical that you get an accurate diagnosis if you’re experiencing these symptoms. For many individuals with Meniere’s, symptoms are intermittent. But eventually, symptoms can become more consistent and noticeable.

Treatment for Menier’s disease

There is no known cure for Menier’s disease which is chronic and progressive. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t any treatments.

Some of the most common treatments include the following:

  • Surgery: Sometimes, Meniere’s disease can be treated with surgery. Normally, however, only the vertigo part of the disease is impacted by this surgery. It won’t affect the other symptoms.
  • Hearing aid: As Meniere’s disease advances and your hearing loss gets worse, you may want to try a hearing aid. The advancement of your hearing loss won’t necessarily be slowed by hearing aids. But it can help your mental health by keeping you socially engaged. Hearing aids can also help you deal with the symptoms of tinnitus in a number of ways.
  • Medications: Anti-nausea and anti-dizziness medications can be prescribed by your physician in some situations. This can help when those particular symptoms occur. For instance, medications created to help with motion sickness could help you feel less dizzy when an episode of vertigo occurs.
  • Positive pressure therapy: There’s a non-invasive approach employed when Meniere’s is particularly hard to manage. Positive pressure therapy is the medical term for this therapy. This treatment involves exposing the inner ear to positive pressure in order to limit fluid buildup. While positive pressure therapy is encouraging, the long-term advantages of this approach have not been borne out by peer-reviewed research.
  • Diuretic: Another type of medication that your physician could prescribe is a diuretic. The concept here is that the pressure in the inner ear can be lessened by decreasing retention of fluid. This medication isn’t used to manage acute symptoms but instead is used long-term.
  • Steroid shots: Injections of certain types of steroids can temporarily help relieve some Meniere’s symptoms, especially in regards to vertigo.
  • Rehabilitation: When Meniere’s disease is acting up, You can employ certain physical therapies that can help with balance. This approach may be a useful approach if you’re experiencing regular dizziness or vertigo.

Find the right treatment for you

You should get an exam if suspect you might have Meniere’s disease. Treatments for Meniere’s can sometimes slow down the progress of your condition. But these treatments more often help you have a better quality of life despite your condition.

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