If you suffer from dizzy spells and hearing loss that affects one ear, you may be experiencing Meniere’s Disease. This disease can affect individuals at any age.
However, it is typically seen between young and middle-aged people. This is a chronic condition, and there is no cure, but there are various treatments to help relieve symptoms.
Signs and Symptoms
There are several symptoms that you may have that can indicate Meniere’s disease. These include:
• Hearing loss. Hearing loss generally will only occur in one ear. The episodes may come and go. In some people, hearing loss is permanent.
• Fullness in the ear. You may feel pressure in the ear that is affected. This is known as aural fullness. This can come and can cause you to feel off balance.
• Ringing in the ear. People may experience ringing in the ear. For some people, this sound will sound like whistling, hissing, buzzing, and roaring.
• Vertigo. You may experience recurrent episodes of dizziness. You will feel a spinning sensation, and severe dizziness may cause nausea. This can last up to several hours.
Symptoms may come and go. Some people experience symptoms for long periods, and then the symptoms disappear. After a while, symptoms may show up again. If you experience any of the above symptoms, you should visit an ear, nose and throat doctor to get to the root of the problem.
Cause of Meniere’s Disease
As of right now, there is no known cause of Meniere’s Disease. It appears that people with the condition have too much fluid on their ears. It is not known why the fluid is abnormal. However, some factors that may affect fluid include:
• Immune response. It is thought that the immune system may cause a build-up of fluid due to not correctly fighting off bacteria. If you have an autoimmune disorder, you may be at more risk than others.
• Viral infection. If you have had a viral infection, this may lead to fluid build-up in your ear.
• Genetic predisposition. If someone in your family has Meniere’s disease, you may be at risk of getting it as well. If someone in your family has excess ear fluid, you may be at risk.
• Improper fluid drainage. A variety of different things can cause improper fluid drainage. This includes a wax blockage and an abnormality of the ear canal.
Complications of Meniere’s Disease
Several complications can occur with this disease. Vertigo episodes are unpredictable. This can lead you to experience falls and accidents. It can also cause stress due to being worried about these falls. For some people, this disease causes permanent hearing loss. These complications can be minimized by visiting a doctor that is well experienced with this condition.
If you believe that you may have Meniere’s disease, give Light ENT a call today to schedule an appointment. Dr. Joshua Light has years of experience treating people in the Boynton Beach area with this condition. Dr. Light is a double board-certified physician in Otolaryngology. He is a national expert in Meniere’s disease and offers a variety of treatment options to help patients with this condition.