Ménière’s and Hearing Loss

Ménière’s Disease

Ménière’s disease (swelling in the inner ear, also known as Endolymphatic hydrops), is a long term condition which affects the balance and hearing parts in the inner ear. This is a progressive disease which get worse with time.

Meniere’s  Disease (disorder of the inner ear)
Fig 1: Meniere’s Disease (disorder of the inner ear)
Symptoms of Ménière’s Disease are acute attacks of vertigo (severe dizziness), fluctuating tinnitus ringing of the ear), increasing hearing loss, and a feeling of pressure in the ear.


The Ear, Hearing and Ménière’s

Hearing loss in Meniere’s disease may fluctuate, it causes slowly progressive hearing loss. The hearing loss is of a "sensorineural" type, arising in the inner ear, particularly early in the course of the disease. Eventually, most people experience some degree of permanent hearing loss.

Meniere’s disease causes ringing, buzzing, roaring, whistling or hissing sound in your ear (tinnitus). People with Meniere's disease frequently feel increased pressure in the ear (aural fullness).

Prevention

Currently no cure is available for Meniere’s disease, but one can manage the condition which will help in controlling it's symptoms. Treatment for Meniere’s disease falls into the following categories:

  • Medication
  • Noninvasive pressure pulse generator (Meniett Device)
  • Surgery
  • Diet