If you experience episodes of dizziness or hear ringing in your ears, you may have an inner ear condition known as Meniere’s disease. To ensure your inner ear health, Nghia Nguyen, MD offers innovative diagnostic and treatment options, including in-office vestibular testing, at Comprehensive Ear Nose Throat in Huntington Beach, California. If you have or suspect Meniere’s disease, call or book an appointment online today.
Meniere’s disease is a condition of the inner ear that causes vertigo, or a persistent feeling that you’re spinning, and hearing loss that comes and goes. The condition typically affects only one ear and can develop at any age.
While the exact cause of the condition isn’t clear, there are certain factors that increase your risk for developing Meniere’s disease. These factors include:
Underlying medical conditions, such as immune system dysfunction, can also lead to Meniere’s disease.
In addition to vertigo and occasional hearing loss, Meniere’s disease can cause tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. You may also feel pressure or fullness in your ear that causes discomfort or pain. If Meniere’s disease remains untreated, you can develop permanent hearing damage and loss.
As a result of vertigo, you may also experience episodes of poor balance and a persistent feeling of nausea.
If you have more than one episode of vertigo that lasts longer than 20 minutes or you experience a ringing in your ears, Dr. Nguyen may perform a hearing assessment and an evaluation of your balancing ability to determine the severity of your condition.
Dr. Nguyen can also perform vestibular testing to determine if there is a medical issue with the portion of your inner ear responsible for maintaining balance. This test can be used to confirm Meniere’s disease, rule out other underlying medical conditions, and determine if more advanced imaging tests are needed.
There is no cure for Meniere’s disease, but Dr. Nguyen can prescribe medication to control your symptoms of vertigo and alleviate any related nausea. You may also need medications to reduce the fluid in your body that can build up in your ears.
To learn more about the available treatment options for Meniere’s disease, schedule an appointment online or by calling the office.