If you suffer from moments of vertigo or hearing loss, you may have Meniere’s disease, an inner ear condition that affects your hearing and balance. The team at Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists in Petoskey and Gaylord, Michigan, offer expert diagnosis and treatment for Meniere’s disease to relieve your symptoms and improve your overall health. Call Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists or schedule a consultation online today if you’ve experienced issues with your balance or hearing.
Meniere’s disease affects your inner ear and disrupts your hearing and balance. Medical researchers haven’t identified the cause of Meniere’s disease, although the condition may be due to changes in the fluid in your inner ear. Other potential causes include autoimmune problems, allergies, and your genetics.
Meniere’s disease can develop at any age, but it’s most often diagnosed in patients in their 40s or 50s. It’s also common to only develop Meniere’s disease in one of your ears.
Meniere’s disease causes a variety of symptoms, including:
You may also experience nausea, vomiting, or sweating as a side effect of the episodes of vertigo and balance problems. It’s also possible to develop anxiety symptoms because of the irregular and unpredictable nature of the episodes. You may find that you begin to worry or even panic about doing anything because of your fear of having an episode.
The team at Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists use a variety of tests to identify Meniere’s disease. They begin with hearing tests, including diagnostic audiological assessments, tympanometry, and auditory brainstem response (ABR) tests.
Your Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists provider also tests your balance with electronystagmography (ENG) and vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) testing. These tests gauge your response to changes in the fluid of your inner ear and identify the part of your balance mechanisms that are malfunctioning.
Other diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and brain tumors can cause symptoms similar to Meniere’s disease, so your provider may give you referrals for additional testing to rule out other conditions.
Meniere’s disease is a chronic condition, and a cure isn’t currently available. However, with medications, hearing aids, and other treatments, you can control your symptoms and maintain a high quality of life.
You may benefit from anti-motion sickness medicines or diuretics to reduce the fluid in your inner ear. Your provider may also recommend physical therapy to help you develop your balance and reduce your vertigo symptoms.
If you suffer from attacks of vertigo, hearing loss, or tinnitus, call Petoskey Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists or schedule a consultation online today.