Meniere's Disease

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Meniere's Disease

Meniere's Disease

First, some anatomy. In the innermost part of the ear are canals that contain fluid. These canals and the fluid help in balance and hearing. When the fluid in these canals builds up Meniere’s Disease and its symptoms occur. In essence, Meniere’s Disease is an inner ear disorder caused by too much fluid that can affect balance and hearing. Symptoms of Meniere’s Disease include recurring and spontaneous vertigo (a sensation that the world is spinning), fluctuating hearing loss, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and sometimes feelings of fullness or pressure in the ear. The symptoms appear in episodes which can vary in frequency, severity, and duration (generally lasting anywhere from 20 minutes to 4 hours).

What is it?

Unfortunately, no cure has been discovered for Meniere’s Disease, but a variety of methods have been developed to aid in the management of its accompanying symptoms. Some symptom management strategies are as noninvasive as a low-sodium diet to reduce fluid retention, medications for the vertigo and its additional symptoms of nausea and vomiting, diuretics to reduce the amount of fluid in the inner ear, the use of hearing aids to accommodate for the lost hearing, and the use of rehabilitation services to retrain the body and brain how to process balance information. More invasive symptom management techniques include the placement of a Meniett device to regulate the fluid pressure of the inner ear, middle ear injections of steroids and antibiotics, and surgeries that alter the anatomy of the inner ear.

What can be done?

Meniere’s Disease is a chronic condition with no cure. Although there are several symptom management techniques available to help minimize its impact, the disease is nonetheless still there. Because the symptoms of the disease are episodic and occur spontaneously without much of any warning or any indication of their duration many people are faced with the worrisome uncertainty of when the next episode of debilitating symptoms will strike. When an episode does strike, people and their activities are at a standstill until the symptoms improve and normal living can be resumed. This makes working, doing things with family and friends, and participating in other activities and tasks difficult and often anxiety provoking.

Why does it matter?

Where can I find more info?*Mayo Clinic * Vestibular Disorders Association

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  • andersonm9032 8 years ago

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  • Cheekka 8 years ago

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  • Rachael121691 8 years ago

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  • dturner92 8 years ago

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    Very nice glog! I really liked the all the information you had as well as the video. One suggestion I would make is the text is a little hard to read in the color it is in the text boxes because it blends in with the background. Other than that it was awesome!

  • jaymelee11 8 years ago

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    You have a lot of information here! I really like the video and the links you have provided. I would suggest maybe doing a different text color and maybe even a little bit less text. Really good glog though!

  • BrookeCairns 8 years ago

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    The background with the color scheme made it hard for me to look at. (almost a motion sickness type feeling) All benchmarks appear to have been met. Some text is hard to read because of the coloring. A lot of writing on the page, but good information. I really enjoyed the news video!

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