What Causes Vertigo?
Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes of vertigo. Vertigo is the feeling of spinning or losing balance.
This disorder may also cause hearing loss, pressure in the ear, or tinnitus (a ringing, roaring or buzzing sound in the ear).
These episodes typically last from 20 minutes to four hours.
Testing for Meniere’s Disease
To diagnose Meniere’s disease, hearing and balance tests will be administered. Tests may include videonystagmography, rotary-chair, vestibular evoked myogenic potentials, posturography, video head impulse and electrocochleography.
To rule out other conditions with symptoms similar to Meniere’s disease, blood testing and imaging tests may also be used.
While there is no cure for this condition, there are different options that can help to reduce the severity and occurrences of vertigo episodes. There are anti-nausea and motion sickness medications that can lessen the severity of vertigo episodes.
Diuretics may also help some people. Noninvasive therapies and procedures include rehabilitation, hearing aids or a Meniett device that applies pressure to the middle ear. If these treatments do not work, middle ear injections or surgery may be recommended.
If you or someone you care for is experiencing symptoms of Meniere’s disease, please contact our North Sioux City office at (605) 217-4327 to schedule an appointment.