Causes and Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease

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Meniere’s Disease

As owner of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, head and neck surgeon Dr. William B. Clark treats a comprehensive range of ear, nose, and throat disorders. Dr. William B. Clark possesses experience treating patients with Meniere’s disease and other related illnesses.

A disorder of the inner ear, Meniere’s disease has been identifiable to medical science since the early 1860s. It is most common in adults with first-time diagnoses typically occurring when a person is 20 to 50 years old. It is quite rare in children. Some believe that it arises as the body’s response to injury of the inner ear, though scientists have suggested that it may be related to a food allergy. Risk of developing the disease increases with family history.

Symptoms of Meniere’s disease include ringing in the ears and hearing disturbances, including distortion of low tones and difficulty in discriminating speech sounds. Patients also often experience a spinning sensation known as vertigo, which may arise in conjunction with nausea, vomiting, weakness, or cold sweats. Symptoms tend to be most severe during an acute attack, which may last up to several hours. Attacks tend to worsen in severity and frequency as the disease progresses, during which time hearing loss episodes may lengthen and eventually become permanent.