Many types of hearing loss are permanent, unfortunately, but can be treated and managed through proper diagnosis. Meniere’s Disease is one of these permanent disorders, and is an affliction of the inner ear that can affect both hearing and balance. Meniere’s affects people differently, with episodes of vertigo, low-pitched tinnitus, and fluctuating hearing loss as the most common symptoms. Usually, Meniere’s starts out having a confined effect in one ear, but typically expands to both ears over time, and many will permanently lose their hearing.
The hearing loss portion of Meniere’s can be particularly puzzling, as hearing loss tends to fluctuate and become progressively worse, and can affect only one ear or both. Tinnitus may also be present in one or both ears, and there may be a sense of pressure or fullness in one or both ears due to excess fluid in the ear. While Meniere’s can be difficult to diagnose, when no other cause for that specific group of symptoms has been determined, patients are diagnosed with this disease.
With medical help, symptoms can be managed and recovery is likely. If you have experienced hearing loss (sudden or gradual), dizziness, or tinnitus, please contact us soon to book an appointment. Your life does not have to face total disruption, and proper diagnosis of your symptoms by an experienced Ear Nose & Throat specialist can help us chart a proper course of treatment for you and your unique symptoms.
Masking: An electronic device called a masker may be worn to distract from the ringing sensation. Maskers fit in the ear similarly to hearing aids and produce low-level sounds. In addition, bedside sound generators and other devices can also help remove the perception of ringing.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy:A therapeutic process in which we specialize, and has given relief to many of our patients. Our process is a combination of sound therapy and counseling, which alters the brain’s neural signals and weakens the perception of tinnitus, allowing you to live your daily life far more peacefully.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:A type of counseling that helps to change the body’s emotional reaction to tinnitus by altering negative thought patterns and helping to relieve stress.
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