Meniere's Disease is a rare disorder of the inner ear. It causes episodes of sort of deafness along with a feeling of spinning (vertigo). The condition is progressive in nature and ultimately leads to permanent loss of hearing. In most cases, the condition affects only one ear. It may occur at any age but usually starts between the ages of 20 and 50. This is a chronic condition with symptoms such as loss of hearing, frequent episodes of vertigo, ringing in the ear and a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear.
HOW IS MENIERE'S DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the condition by a general physician will require a hearing assessment and balance assessment along with tests that assess the functioning of the inner ear including videonystagmography (VNG), rotary chair testing, posturography and other such tests that an ENT specialist may feel necessary.
HOW IS MENIERE'S DISEASE TREATED?
Possible treatments include:
• medicines to treat the symptoms and prevent attacks
• changes in eating habits, such as a low-salt diet
• balance training (vestibular rehabilitation)
• relaxation techniques
• surgery, in more severe cases
• Cognitive therapy.
DID YOU KNOW?
Meniere's Disease can occur at any age, the common age of occurrence is between 20 and 50.