What is Meniere’s?
Posted on Sep 4, 2014
Meniere's affects the inner ear, which is why symptoms can include vertigo as well as tinnitus, hearing loss and a feeling of ear fullness.
Here is some information about the condition and how it can be treated.
What causes Meniere's?
This condition is caused when fluid builds up in the labyrinth or inner ear, where the balance organs are located.
As a result, this condition affects normal balance and hearing signals and prevents them from travelling from the ear to the brain.
How is Meniere's diagnosed?
Your doctor may diagnose you with this condition if you have had two or more episodes of vertigo lasting for 20 minutes or more each, tinnitus and if temporary hearing loss. You may also experience a feeling of fullness in the ear.
What is vertigo?
As the ear is linked with the balance system, vertigo is a common symptom of Meniere's and is a sensation as if the world is moving. It is often described as severe dizziness.
Attacks can last minutes or stretch to 24 hours or longer.
What is tinnitus?
This symptom means you may hear a ringing, buzzing or roaring noise in your ear even when there are no external noises.
This may fade in and out or be constant.
When will you notice the symptoms of Meniere's?
It can develop over time or come on suddenly with a vertigo attack. Some people only have single attacks of dizziness that are separated by long periods of time, while others suffer vertigo so severe they may struggle with their balance.
It can affect adults at any stage, but is generally more common in those between the ages of 40 to 60.
How is Meniere's treated?
There is not yet a cure for this condition but it can be treated using medication to cope with the disabling dizziness.
Some people find that limiting their salt intake can also help as it reduces the amount of fluid retained by the body, lowering pressure in the inner ear.