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Save Your Sense Of Hearing From Meniere's Disease

Primary Symptoms

1. Spontaneous and progressive vertigo. Vertigo is a spinning sensation that the patient feels which is in quick succession and a sudden stop. This further causes the patient nausea and vomiting. The vertigo attack The ear can be affected with Meniere's disease which causes hearing and balance problems at varying levels. To be diagnosed with the disease, the patient experiences progressive or episodes of vertigo together with undulated loss of hearing and tinnitus. The disease affects the inner ear of people usually in their 40's and 50's but may also occur in other age groups. It is a chronic condition with several treatment options to relieve the symptoms and reduce long term effects on the individual.

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Meniere's disease is characterized by several symptoms in conjunction with vertigo and tinnitus which include hearing loss, pressure in the ear, nausea and vomiting, vision impairment, among others. The immediate cause of the disease is unknown but it is commonly linked to an abnormal composition and volume of ear fluids. Meniere's disease can cause a temporary restriction on the daily activities or may affect the patient's lifestyle and work because when it attacks, he/she is forced to lie down.

It can cause an imbalance on the patient and further cause accidents to happen.

2. Tinnitus is a sensation that sounds like ringing in the ear and most often the sound is low-pitched.

3. Hearing loss is fluctuating and to some degree, totally lost.

4. Aural Fullness is the feeling of pressure building up in the ear.

Hearing Tests And Assessments

See a doctor immediately when the symptoms are persistent and recurrent. The physician may require the patient to undergo assessments under conditions that the symptoms are enough to warrant tests.

Hearing assessment or audiometry is a sound detection test, usually conducted at varying volumes and pitches. Furthermore, the test will determine whether the patient can distinguish one from the other or between same sounds. It will also help in determining the source or location of the problem, either in the inner ear or the nerve.

Balance assessment to address the episodes of vertigo. For Meniere's disease, electronystagmorgraphy is generally used to assess the inner ear.

Rotary-chair test measures the function of the inner ear based on the movement of the eye.

Other tests may be conducted to further determine the underlying causes to rule out other conditions such as MRI, CT Scan and Auditory Brainstem Response Audiometry.

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