Meniere’s disease

hearingMeniere’s Disease in the U.S.

Meniere’s disease is a chronic inner ear disorder that typically only affects one ear.  It is characterized by vertigo, fullness, and pressure in the affected ear. 

Onset of Meniere’s disease typically occurs in adults between the age of 40-60 but has been known to happen in younger people. An estimated 45,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. Symptoms can occur quickly and without warning. Scientists have yet to pinpoint an exact cause of the disease.

Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease

Vertigo – Intermittent sensations of spinning or dizziness
Aural fullness – A pressure sensation which typically occurs in the affected ear
Tinnitus – Ringing in the ears
Hearing loss – Hearing loss progresses as the disease progresses

Causes of Meniere’s Disease

The root cause of Meniere’s disease is unknown. However, there are several factors that help to control the symptoms.

Lifestyle and Diet

Consider the following Meniere’s disease diet strategies:

  • Limit caffeine and alcohol use
  • Limit the intake of salty foods
  • Avoid foods such as cheese and wine which have been known to trigger migraines and ear pain
Physical Therapy

Some of the symptoms of Meniere’s disease can be reduced with physical therapy.  Vertigo, dizziness, and balance issues are often addressed by physical therapists.

Avoid smoking

Avoid nicotine as this can restrict blood flow to the inner ear and increase Meniere’s symptoms.

Medications

There are several medications that can help to reduce the symptoms of Meniere’s disease. Diuretics may help to regulate the pressure in the inner ear. Anti-nausea medications will help to reduce nausea and vertigo associated with the disease.

Medical devices

In addition to improving hearing loss, hearing aids also help to reduce tinnitus or ringing in the ears.

Surgery

There are several surgical options available to treat Meniere’s disease; however, these are used as a last resort treatment.

Hearing loss can impact your memory.

Do you have trouble recalling what you’ve just heard?
When it’s tough to hear what’s being said in the first place, it can be challenging to grasp and recall what’s being said. This is because the extra cognitive resources required to listen deplete memory and comprehension capabilities.

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