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.
- 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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