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Meniere's Disease

What is Meniere's Disease?

  • An inner ear disease that can cause hearing loss, vertigo (dizziness) and tinnitus. 
  • A potentially progressive disease, usually occuring between 20-60 years of age. 
  • A treatable condition, which equally affects males and females.

What causes Meniere's Disease?

  • An excessive buildup of fluid (endolymph) in the inner ear.

Symptoms:

  • Periodic vertigo which can vary in duration and severity. 
  • Fluctuating and progressive low frequency hearing loss, usually in one ear. 
  • Tinnitus, which is a roaring, buzzing or ringing sound, usually in one ear. 
  • A sense of fullness or pressure, usually in one ear. 
  • Increased sensitivity to sound. 
  • Profuse sweating, nausea and vomiting.

Diagnosis – your Audiologist will:

  • Take a case history of the frequency, duration and severity of your attacks. 
  • Perform tests to evaluate the type and severity of your hearing loss. 
  • Test and evaluate your vestibular system, which is responsible for balance. 
  • As necessary, coordinate with your Physician to order a CT or MRI scan. 

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