What Is Meniere’s Disease?

Vertigo & DizzinessMeniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes chronic vertigo. It can be very debilitating and impact your quality of life. Meniere’s disease cannot be cured, but there are ways to minimize the symptoms and the impact it has on your life.

How Do I Know If I Have Meniere’s Disease?

There are several symptoms that may point to Meniere’s disease, but a diagnosis can only be made by your ENT. Symptoms can include ongoing bouts of vertigo and a feeling of stuffiness in the ear. You may also experience headaches or a ringing sound in your ears. Secondary symptoms, such as nausea and vomiting, may be triggered by the vertigo. Meniere’s disease is considered when at least three symptoms are present.

How Is Meniere’s Disease Diagnosed?

In order to diagnose Meniere’s disease, you may need to have a hearing test to determine if you have lost any hearing. You will also have your ears examined to rule out other causes, like an ear infection, infected ear drum, or wax buildup. You may also undergo balance tests. Other medical causes may need to be ruled out, such as brain tumors or MS.

How Is Meniere’s Disease Treated?

Unfortunately, Meniere’s disease cannot be cured. There are medications you can take to help ease the symptoms of vertigo, which are often the most debilitating. Because Meniere’s disease may be caused because of a change in pressure in the inner ear from too much fluid, some people benefit from taking a diuretic (a medication that helps the body rid itself of extra fluids). Other treatments include physical therapy, to help your brain relearn how to maintain balance. Some patients may benefit from surgery or other treatments.

If you are suffering from vertigo and loss of hearing and believe you may have Meniere’s disease, the first step towards feeling better is to schedule an evaluation with an experienced ear, nose and throat doctor. Board certified physicians with New York ENT have extensive experience diagnosing and treating a wide variety of ear-related conditions. Fill out the form on this page or call our office at 212-873-6036 to schedule an appointment today.

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