What is Meniere's disease?

Meniere's disease is a condition that affects the inner ear, and has an impact on balance and hearing. It can cause vertigo as well as hearing loss, and ringing in the ears.  It is caused by excessive fluid in the inner ear, although the exact reason why this fluid builds up is not fully known as yet.


What are the symptoms?

Some common symptoms include vertigo (dizziness or loss of balance), fluctuating hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ear). It is also commonly associated with a blocked sensation in the ear, nausea or vommiting. In order to diagnose the condition, your doctor take a detailed history abouth the onset of your symptoms, conduct a hearing test as well as tests for balance.


How can it be treated?

Although there is no cure for the disease, medication can be prescribed to help deal with the symptoms. Your doctor may also inject certain medication into the middle ear to help alleviate some of the symptoms of Meniere’s disease.