Meniere’s Disease Silence is golden…unless it’s forever! Table 4
Causes severe dizziness (vertigo) Ringing of the ear (tinnitus) Hearing loss or eventual deafness Feeling of fullness or congestion of the earWhat Does it Do?
There is a buildup of fluid in the labyrinth of the inner ear The balance is in the semicircular canals which are affected Normal balance of endomolph fluid is thrown offWhy Me?
NOBODY KNOWS!!! Some researchers believe it is caused by a restriction of blood vessels (also associated with migraines) Your parents fault (bad genes) - causes abnormalities in volume and regulation of endomolph fluidWhy Does My Ear Not Like Me?
Does not target a specific age race or sex Usually only effects one earThis Disease is Nonspecific
You go to your local otolaryngologist (ear nose and throat Doctor) and they diagnose the symptoms: Two or more episodes of vertigo lasting at least 20 minutes each Tinnitus Temporary hearing loss A feeling of fullness in the earDiagnosis
Doctors cannot cure the disease but they fight symptoms by: Prescribing drugs to relieve dizziness and shorten attacks Recommend cutting salt from the diet and prescribe water pills to lower the fluid volume and pressure in the ear Injections of antibiotic gentamicin into the inner ear to reduce dizziness-may cause deafness (sorry )How Do Doctors Fix This?
Surgery to cut vestibular nerve Alternative medicine is also used tai-chi, acupuncture etc.Other Treatments
Scientists are working to develop a microfluid pump to deliver vertigo relieving drugs to the inner ear Doctors seek to study the normal ear to contrast with a Meniere ear in the amount of fluid in the endolymphResearch
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