Ear Noise: Meniere’s Disease Could be the Cause
Well it could be that the tinnitus, vertigo, vomiting and even deafness you experience may be the symptoms of Meniere’s Disease or Meniere’s Syndrome.
The disorder results from an increase in the amount of fluid in the semicircular canals of the inner ears, that’s the portion of the ear controlling your balance and poise.
The excessive fluid not only damages the canals, but it very often injures the cochlea. When this happens, people will also be plagued with difficulty perceiving sounds in addition to the presence of tinnitus.
Deafness caused by Meniere’s Disease is different from other hearing loss in two vital ways. It affects the low-frequency range sounds and is more often than not accompanied by sensitivity to loud sounds.
The initial sign of Meniere’s Disease is starts with vertigo. In some instances the vertigo attack is so severe the individual collapses. Many later recall that prior to the attack they felt mild discomfort. Others however felt quite a significant pain in their ears.
Many times tinnitus preceeds the vertigo. Just how long or how often a vertigo attacks occurs will vary with the individual, but all eventually get hearing loss and tinnitus.
The medical community still doesn’t know the cause of Meniere’s Disease although many times experts have traced the origin to a food allergy, a viral infection, a sluggish thyroid or adrenal glands.
Sometimes the cause is linked to the presence of syphilis.
In other cases, the medical experts believe Meniere’s Disease may be caused by either diabetes or high blood pressure.
Once the cause is pinpointed the efforts to treat it can begin. In cases where there’s an underlying problem — like high blood pressure — treating that specific condition usually cures the Meniere’s Disease.
In many cases, treatment used is usually drug based. One of the most common types of drugs is called beta histine hydrochloride. If detected and treated early enough, the possibility exists for a reversal of the problem.
If left untreated, the condition only worsens — as you might guess. Meniere’s Disease may lead even to total deafness, though the vertigo and tinnitus may disappear.
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