Meniere’s Disease is a long-term condition of the inner ear. It causes recurring bouts of vertigo (sensation of surrounding objects moving), tinnitus (ringing in the ears), hearing loss, and a sense of fullness in the ear.
Affected people may also experience knock-on symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and sweating. These are the consequences of the vertigo, as opposed to the Meniere’s Disease itself. Unexpected falls may also occur while fully-conscious.
What’s My Likelihood of Getting Meniere’s Disease?
Meniere’s Disease affects between 0.3 and 0.9 of people, per every 1,000 of a population. Medline Plus in U.S. National Library of Medicine believes 615,000 residents in United States have it, and there are 45,000 new cases every year. This translates to 0.53 people per 1,000 in U.S. affected by Meniere’s Disease, vertigo, and other symptoms we mentioned.
What Causes the First Meniere’s Disease Attack?
Doctors don’t know the exact cause that triggers the onset of the first Meniere’s Disease attack. However, they do believe the root cause is probably a combination of genes, and environmental influences.
There a number of predisposing factors. These could combine with genetics and environment to cause a Meniere’s Disease infection leading to vertigo, tinnitus, and onset of deafness. Possible risk factors include viral infections, trauma to the inner ear, noise pollution, allergies, abnormal immune system responses, and migraine according to Medline Plus.
We are not medical scientists, and we may not provide medical advice. However, we do understand a number of gene factors have been identified that could allow the condition. This line of research is incomplete, and more work needs to be done to fully realize the causes.
There are a number of known factors coinciding with Meniere’s Disease. These comorbidities include abnormalities to the inner ear which contains structures necessary for ‘normal’ hearing and balance.
It’s therefore possible the onset of vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss may associate with fluctuating amounts of fluid in the inner ear. That’s because a change in fluid density could intercept signals from the inner ear to the brain, relating to the body’s position and movement and reception of sound.
Could I Inherit a Weakness for a Meniere’s Disease Attack?
The occurrence of the condition in sporadic, and it mostly occurs in people without a genetic history. However, a small number of cases (10%) do run in the family, although scientists have not yet discovered any associated genes.
The Stages in the Life of Meniere’s Disease
The Meniere’s Society in UK confirms the condition rolls out in three phases as follows:
Stage One: Unpredictable attacks of vertigo appear, lasting a few minutes to hours. During this first phase of Meniere’s Disease vertigo, hearing ability varies and there may be a sense of fullness in the ear. Tinnitus may also manifest.
Sensations revert to normal between attacks. There may also be periods of complete remission. This makes Meniere’s Disease a distressingly unpredictable condition.
Stage Two: The vertigo continues with variable, unpredictable remissions. There may be periods of dizziness before and after a Meniere’s Disease attack. Permanent hearing loss develops, although this can come and go with the vertigo. Fluctuating tinnitus becomes more prominent.
Stage Three: During Stage Three, Meniere’s Disease vertigo diminishes and may even cease. However, hearing loss may become severe with distortion of sounds. There is permanent damage to the balance, especially after dark as the condition becomes dormant.
How Can I Reduce My Risk of Getting Meniere’s Disease?
The onset of the condition may be randomly inevitable in that 15% of those affected are aged over 65. White ethnicity, severe obesity, and being female may increase the risk while arthritis, psoriasis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and migraine are all comorbid conditions that may be present at the same time.
There are various theories suggesting how to prevent the disease, although opinion is divided. We recommend speaking to a medical professional if you experience vertigo. That’s because once you catch the disease it could be with you for life, but there may be a therapy that could help.
Dizziness and Hearing Loss – Could Hearing Aids Help?
Hearing aids do not cure Meniere’s Disease, period. However, they may moderate hearing loss, and Meniere’s Disease vertigo by balancing the hearing between both ears if you have the condition. However, we’d like to recommend you stay away from expensive in-ear solutions, at least until you have positive proof this works.
Instead, you may like to consider purchasing a pair of behind-the-ear hearing aids for $197.99 including shipping, as an inexpensive trial to find if they improve your vertigo. And even if they don’t, there’s an excellent chance they should improve your hearing, for a remarkably low price shipped directly to you from the factory.
Thousands of customers trust Blue Angels to be their hearing aid supplier. That’s because we charge fair prices, and we have a refund policy subject to fair terms and conditions. Returns are such an unusual event, they feature in internal reports on the rare occasions they happen. Would you like to order your hearing aids now?