You are here

Ménière's Disease

Error message

Notice: unserialize(): Error at offset 65 of 67 bytes in _menu_link_translate() (line 882 of /home/cwydisea/public_html/includes/menu.inc).

Ménière's Disease Information & Resources

Ménière's Disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance to a varying degree. It is characterized by episodes of vertigo and tinnitus and progressive hearing loss, usually in one ear. It is named after the French physician Prosper Ménière, who, in an article published in 1861, first reported that vertigo was caused by inner ear disorders. The condition affects people differently; it can range in intensity from being a mild annoyance to a chronic, lifelong disability.

The symptoms of Ménière's are variable; not all sufferers experience the same symptoms. However, so-called "classic Ménière's" is considered to have the following four symptoms:

  • Periodic episodes of rotary vertigo or dizziness.
  • Fluctuating, progressive, unilateral (in one ear) or bilateral (in both ears) hearing loss, usually in lower frequencies.
  • Unilateral or bilateral tinnitus.
  • A sensation of fullness or pressure in one or both ears.

Ménière's often begins with one symptom, and gradually progresses. However, not all symptoms must be present for a doctor to make a diagnosis of the disease. Several symptoms at once is more conclusive than different symptoms at separate times.

Celebrities

 

Disclaimer: The info that is posted here is gleaned from online sources (such as Wikipedia), news reports, etc., so obviously we do not vouch one iota for its accuracy -- this site is for "edutainment" purposes only. We include links to sites with more information that may be useful to people who are unfortunately afflicted with the diseases we've posted. Now, shoo. And enjoy the site.

Images on this site are either Public Domain or covered under one or more of the following licenses: Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.5; Creative Commons Attribution 2.0; GNU Free Documentation License , Version 1.2; and/or by permission of the copyright holders. If we have used an image and failed to attribute it properly, we will be most happy to do that or remove it from the site. Please use the contact form at the top of the page to let us know. Thanks!