Ménière’s disease is a rare disorder of the inner ear that can cause hearing loss and vestibular symptoms. It affects the Labyrinth, which is the inner-ear structure that houses both the organs for balance (vestibular apparatus) and hearing, (cochlear). Those suffering with Ménière’s experience irregular attacks that may last from 20 minutes to 24 hours. As the disease progresses, hearing may fail to return between attacks.
Signs and Symptoms
- Fluctuations in hearingandnbsp;
- Tinnitus (hissing, roaring or ringing in the ears)
- Pressure or fullness in the ears
- Rotational vertigo
- Postural imbalance
- Nausea and vomiting
The Labyrinth is a fluid-filled organ that houses the vestibular apparatus and cochlear. The fluid within the Labyrinth is call endolymph. In cases of Ménière’s disease there can be a blockage or mal-absorption of the endolymph that is known as endolymphatic hydrops.
Ménière’s disease is rare but a range of investigations can be performed by an audiologist to assist in the diagnosis of this disorder.
There is no cure for Ménière’s disease; treatment is focused on trying to avoid and ease the symptoms. Medical management is required and as the disease progress surgery maybe indicated.
Vestibular Rehabilitation at Best Balance Physiotherapy offers treatment including exercises to optimise balance and reduce dizziness between attacks.
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