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Three of the more recognizable indication of Meniere’s disease are vertigo, tinnitus, and intermittent hearing loss. Meniere’s disease is an inner ear condition that may trigger disruptions in your hearing and balance.Although there is no identified cure for this disorder, there are steps that you can take to help reduce the effect it has on your life.

The symptoms of Meniere’s disease tend to occur in clusters of episodes. Individual episodes often share a common starting point, with a feeling of fullness in the ear that progresses to tinnitus and a small degree of hearing loss. Vertigo is likely to come next, causing you to feel as though the room is spinning around you. You may feel nauseated and your balance may be impaired. An episode may last anywhere from twenty minutes to four hours.

It is common for Meniere’s disease episodes to appear in clusters, with individuals enjoying periods of  “remission”  between groups of episodes. The frequency and severity of each symptom can vary from episode to episode. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to consult with your doctor to rule out more serious conditions.

Researchers are still working to determine the cause of Meniere’s disease, but the leading theory is that its symptoms are caused by abnormalities in fluid in the inner ear. Fluids in the inner ear must be at a certain volume and pressure in order to function properly. Triggers such as improper drainage, allergies, head trauma, and viral infection could all lead to fluid abnormalities.

Even though there is no method to cure Meniere’s disease, there are ways to manage the symptoms. People who experience nausea as a result of vertigo can use anti-nausea medications to alleviate their symptoms. Prescription medications that help reduce fluid retention can also help control the disease. Hearing aids offer a proven solution for episodes of hearing loss, while rehabilitation has been shown to improve balance during episodes of vertigo. Sitting or lying down immediately if you begin to notice vertigo can help you avoid falls, while avoiding triggers that make your symptoms worse (such as bright lights or reading) can help lessen the severity of the episode.

While the symptoms of Meniere’s disease can certainly pose challenges, the good news is that there are strategies for minimizing them so that patients suffering from this condition can live near-normal lives.

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