Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance to a varying degree. Your middle ear conducts sound to the inner ear.
It is characterised by episodes of vertigo, low-pitched tinnitus, and hearing loss. The hearing loss is fluctuating rather than permanent, meaning that it comes and goes, alternating between ears for some time, then becomes permanent with no return to normal function. We have perilymph and endolymph fluid inside the inner ear. This fluid swells and applies pressure to the inner ear and semicircular canals. This can cause a range of severe symptoms for people.
What happens to you?
- Hearing in the affected ear fluctuates and deteriorates
- Vertigo can be experienced at various levels when a Meniere’s attack is occurring
- Tinnitus in the affected ear
- A full sensation in the ear
How to cope with Meniere's disease
- Reduce salt in the diet as it is believed to help build up fluid
- A hearing system can help balance the nerve of hearing and assist in managing tinnitus and vertigo
- Never ignore symptoms of dizziness and nausea. Always consult a doctor
- Rest and don’t over do it when you feel an attack coming on. The symptoms will take time to alleviate