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Meniere’s Disease

What is Meniere’s Disease?

It is an inner ear disorder that causes episodes of vertigo (spinning).

What causes Meniere’s disease?

It is thought to be due to an increase in the pressure of the fluid contained in the membranous labyrinth, a part of the inner ear. This fluid build-up interferes with the normal balance and hearing signals between the inner ear and the brain. Certain factors that may trigger this problem are a viral infection, an allergy, an abnormal immune response, migraines and a family history of the disease.

Can physiotherapy help people with Meniere’s disease?

Yes. Physiotherapy is effective in improving balance and reducing dizziness attacks.

What are the symptoms of Meniere’s disease?

  • Coming and going attacks of dizziness or giddiness

  • Hearing loss

  • A constant noise in one ear, often described as a buzzing or humming sound

  • A sensation of fullness or pressure in the ear

  • Loss of balance

  • Headaches

  • Nausea, vomiting and sweating

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