Saturday, March 15, 2014

Meniere's Disease And Meniere's Condition Effects

Meniere's disease, commonly called endolymphatic hydrops, describes a triad of signs (vertigo, fluctuating hearing loss, and ringing in the ears) that recur in spells (Meniere assaults), and eventually lead to irreversible hearing loss. These 3 signs take place in several various vestibular ailments, so the term Meniere's condition is simply utilized for those instances where a reason has not yet been identified and that comply with specific key characteristics. The most essential feature is that the afflicted ear sheds hearing briefly throughout the strikes, and in time develops irreversible hearing loss. People which never ever experience hearing loss do not have Meniere's disease.

Along with the common symptoms of Meniere's disease, it's possible to suffer from depression or anxiety. Since the ailment affects an individual's hearing, one may lose confidence to have conversations with others or at work, which can lead to depression or anxiety. In addition, symptoms tend to pop up out of nowhere, so those living with Meniere's can live in a constant anxious state unsure of when The Burcon Chiropractic Research Institute in Grand Rapids, MI offers a complimentary double DVD set of Dr. Mike's "Health Talks," his annual television show on GRTV. Call Jane Burcon for reservations or more information at 616.575.9990 or go to

Other surgical procedures are available to treat Meniere's disease but must be tailored to the patient's individual needs and circumstances. One procedure involves cutting the balance nerves ( Vestibular Nerve Section ) which is a neurosurgical procedure. VNS was popular in the 1980's and 1990's and was the gold standard. However, it has been found to have limitations such as not completely resolving the vertigo and sometimes leading to additional hearing loss. Labyrinthectomy During this test, both hot and cold water will be pushed into the ear. The water causes the balance function to work. Your involuntary eye movements will be tracked. Abnormalities indicate a problem with the inner ear.

Some with Meniere's disease feel worse when consuming caffeine. This does not mean you have to cut out all tea, coffee or soft drinks. You can still safely enjoy decaffeinated versions of your favorite beverages and may see a decrease in your symptoms as well. Remember that chocolate also contains caffeine so you may need to limit it if you feel worse after indulging in a candy bar. Similarly, alcohol is another stimulant that can increase tinnitus and can also cause you to retain water. Partake of alcoholic beverages only sparingly.

The vestibular nerve carries signals from the balance organ of the inner ear to the brain. When the inner ear is diseased, as in Ménière’s disease, abnormal balance signals are sent to the brain via this nerve. One option in the treatment of Ménière’s disease is to cut the balance nerve portion of the hearing and balance nerve, preventing the abnormal signals that occur during vertigo spells from reaching the brain. Since only the balance nerve is cut, hearing is typically preserved. The balance nerve is cut as it passes between the inner ear and the brain. The surgery does require an overnight stay in the intensive care unit.

Although not common in the U.S. population, about 5% of cases of reported dizziness can be attributed to the disorder. The symptoms are usually seen in the age range of about 45-65 years, with slightly more cases noted in women. The exact cause of symptoms of Meniere's isn't fully understood, and isn't consistent in all cases. However, within the inner ear, an overproduction of or impaired absorption of lymphatic fluid in the labyrinth membrane where balance is maintained can upset the tiny hairy cells that help us stay "straight and level."

In patients with limited hearing in the effected ear a labyrinthectomy can be performed. These surgical procedures have varying effects on hearing and other factors related to the disease and the specifics will be discussed, if relevant, by Dr. Ator as needed. In summary , most patients on relatively simple dietary and medical therapy will find that they can tolerate the disease with few interruptions to their lifestyle. However, all patients are different and some will need further procedures to control the problem. Typically the great majority of patients find thisdisease which they can handle with minimal disruption to their lives.

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