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Spotlight on Meniere’s Disease

Monday, November 7, 2016 12:03:57 PM Australia/Melbourne

Spotlight on Meniere’s DiseaseIn support of our continued efforts to educate and empower our valued customer base, the Hearlink blog continues to explore different audiological challenges. We believe that when you’re equipped with the knowledge and know-how of your body, you can make informed decisions about treatments and tools that make the most sense for you. As with anything to do with your body and health, there is no one-size-fits-all solution, no off-the-shelf option for your cure. That’s why the Hearlink teams takes time with each of our patients and customers. We want to learn what makes you tick, how your symptoms are impacting each area of your life, and how you’ll react with different types of treatments. Part of this education is our Spotlight series on the blog. With each post in the series, we’re taking a look at a different disease or affliction- the signs and symptoms, as well as treatment recommendations. But note that though we do discuss treatment options in these posts, there is no substitute for an in-person consultation with your audiologist.

 

Today we focus on Meniere’s Disease, which takes place in the inner ear. Those impacted deal with the same spinning as those who suffer from vertigo. You’ll see fluctuating hearing loss, sometimes extremely strong, other times not as much. Meniere’s Disease can be confusing because a symptom is ringing in the ear, just like tinnitus. Though the two share a symptom, they’re quite different. With Meniere’s Disease you’ll also feel pressure in your ear, as if its filling up. It can happen in your right ear or left ear, but it won’t happen in both.

 

This is a disease that can hit you at any stage of your life. That being said, cases normally begin to occur in early twenties through your fifties. It is labeled a Disease because it’s a chronic condition, but with the right tools and education, those impacted can relieve their symptoms and ensure that the long-term impact is as minimal as possible.

 

If you feel any of the following, we recommend making an appointment with your doctor:

  • Recurring bouts of vertigo. For those unfamiliar, vertigo causes a spinning sensation. It can start at any point in time and stop just as spontaneously, bringing with it potential nausea and vomiting.
  • Noted loss in hearing. As aforementioned, hearing loss characterized by Meniere’s Disease fluctuates. It comes and goes, but for most, a small amount is permanent.
  • A fullness in one ear. This type of pressure is called aural fullness.

 

Scientists are still researching the cause of Meniere’s Disease. One of the most popular theories is that it’s a result of endolymph, an abnormally large amount of fluid in the ear. This has not been proved. What has been however, is that factors like viral infections, allergies, migraines, head trauma and genetic predisposition can greatly affect the amount of fluid in your ear.

 

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, when in doubt, reach out to the Hearlink team. We’re happy to help.

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