The inner ear contains bones and nerves which are responsible for hearing and balance. Meniere’s disease affects the inner ear, symptoms may include:
– spinning sensation
– fullness / congested sensation
– hearing problems
– ringing / tinnitus
Dizzy spell may appear out of nowhere or after tinnitus or muffled hearing. Some experience drop attacks, which is extreme vertigo causing balance issues so severe that they fall over.
So…basically like you’re on a boat, so dizzy that you can’t stand up or walk properly. Sounds awful, right?
Meniere’s is chronic condition, however many individuals go into remission within a few years after their diagnosis
Prescription medication can help relieve dizziness and shorten dizzy spells.
Limiting salt and taking water pills help some people with pressure in the inner ear, therefore controlling dizziness.
Some individuals have reported that caffeine, chocolate, and alcohol make their symptoms worse and either avoid or limit them.
Removing ear wax can help to relieve pressure in the middle and inner ear, therefore helping to limit dizzy spells and vertigo.
Carefully blocked ear wax removal with microsuction or curette (fine tools) may help to reduce ringing in the ears, additionally, it is a much safer and less disruptive method to the ears than syringing (water method).
Cognitive therapy helps people focus on how they interpret and react to life experiences, therefore aiding to cope better with the unexpected nature of attacks and stress surrounding them.
An injection in the middle ear helps control vertigo, however this method suggests a high risk of hearing loss.
A device that fits into the outer ear and delivers intermittent air pressure pulses to the middle ear. The air pressure pulses appear to act on endolymph fluid to prevent dizziness.
Surgery may be recommended when all other treatments have failed.