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The cause of Meniere’s isn’t really understood. But it’s hard to overlook its impact. Some prevalent symptoms of this affliction are vertigo, dizziness, ringing in the ears, and hearing loss. Symptoms of Meniere’s disease seem to stem from a buildup of fluid in the inner ear, but scientists aren’t really certain what causes that buildup to begin with.

So here’s the question: if a condition doesn’t have a discernible cause, how can it be dealt with? The answer is, well, complex.

Exactly what is Meniere’s disease?

There’s a persistent condition that affects the inner ear and it’s known as Meniere’s disease. Symptoms of Meniere’s will get worse as time passes, for many patients, because it’s a progressive disorder. Here are some of those symptoms:

Unpredictable bouts of vertigo: Sadly, when these episodes will strike and how long they may last can’t be predicted.

Tinnitus: The degree of this tinnitus may ebb and flow, but it’s not unusual for those with Meniere’s Disease to have ringing in their ears.

Fullness in the ear: This manifests as a sensation of pressure in your ears and is medically referred to as aural fullness.

Hearing loss: Meniere’s disease can lead to hearing loss over time.

If you notice these symptoms, it’s necessary to receive a definitive diagnosis. Symptoms of Meniere’s disease can appear and disappear for many individuals. But eventually, symptoms may become more consistent and obvious.

Treatment for Menier’s disease

Meniere’s disease is a progressive and persistent condition for which there is no known cure. But there are some ways to manage the symptoms.

Some of the most common treatments include the following:

  • Rehabilitation: There are rehabilitation and physical therapy techniques that can help you preserve balance when Meniere’s disease is flaring up. This approach could be a practical technique if you’re experiencing regular dizziness or vertigo.
  • Positive pressure therapy: When Meniere’s disease is particularly hard to treat, this non-invasive technique can be utilized. It’s known as positive pressure therapy. This therapy involves exposing the inner ear to positive pressure as a way to limit fluid accumulation. Peer review has not, so far, verified the long-term advantages of this method but it does seem encouraging.
  • Surgery: In some instances, surgery is utilized to treat Meniere’s. However, these surgical procedures will normally only impact the vertigo part of symptoms. It won’t impact the other symptoms.
  • Medications: In some situations, your physician will be able to prescribe anti-dizziness and anti-nausea medications. If those specific symptoms manifest, this can be helpful. So, when an episode of dizziness occurs, medication for motion sickness can help alleviate that dizziness.
  • Steroid shots: Injections of specific kinds of steroids can temporarily help relieve some Meniere’s symptoms, especially in regards to vertigo.
  • Diuretic: A diuretic is another medication option that may be prescribed by your doctor. The idea here is that the pressure in the inner ear can be lessened by reducing retention of fluid. This is a long-term medication that you’d take as opposed to one to reduce extreme symptoms.
  • Hearing aid: As Meniere’s disease advances and your hearing loss grows worse, you may want to get a hearing aid. The progression of your hearing loss won’t necessarily be slowed by hearing aids. But it can help keep you socially active which can improve your mental health. Hearing aids can also help you deal with the symptoms of tinnitus in a number of ways.

Get the best treatment for you

You should get checked out if think you may have Meniere’s disease. Treatments for Meniere’s can sometimes reduce the progress of your condition. But these treatments more frequently help you have a better quality of life despite your condition.

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