Meniere’s Syndrome originates in the inner ear and affects the organ of hearing (the cochlea) and the organ of balance (the semi-circular canals). The cause of Meniere’s Syndrome is still a mystery although research has indicated that it is brought on by a build up of inner ear fluids. Why and how these fluids accumulate are uncertain. Attacks can last from several minutes to two or three hours or even days. Meniere’s usually affects one ear although both ears may eventually become affected. The onset usually occurs in adults of both sexes between thirty and sixty years of age.
Individuals may be interested in our Meniere’s & Tinnitus Resource Group.
What are the symptoms?
People with Meniere’s Syndrome may experience:
- loss of balance
- feeling of pressure in the affected ear
- sensorineural hearing loss
Hearing loss associated with Meniere’s Syndrome
Hearing is impaired during an episode of Meniere’s Syndrome, but it may be recovered later. Further loss may occur with each subsequent attack. The hearing loss is sensorineural and affects the low frequency at first, making low pitched sounds difficult to hear and voices muffled. High frequencies may be affected later.
The person’s ability to hear depends upon the intensity of the tinnitus, the number and frequency of the attacks, and the level of hearing loss at any one time. Hearing will naturally be easier if only one ear is affected.
Is there any treatment for Meniere’s Syndrome?
A person can go into remission anytime from several days to many years without having further attacks. The syndrome is also capable of BURNING ITSELF OUT over a period of years. The frustrations experienced by those with Meniere’s Syndrome are not only due to the symptoms of the syndrome itself, but also the fact that most people are told that they will have to learn to live with the condition. This is not necessarily true. While there is no known cure, there are various methods of treatment that have proven successful including; medication, surgery, stress management, a good diet, regular rest, exercise, and self-help groups.