How is Meniere’s disease treated?

There are three main ways to treat Meniere’s disease:  treating the hydrops problem, reducing vascular risk factors, and if all else fails, shutting down the problem ear.  The first step to take is to eliminate all of your vascular risk factors.  If you can’t control these, you will usually keep having spells, and you willContinue reading “How is Meniere’s disease treated?”

How does vascular disease set off Meniere attacks?

Having hydrops is like walking a tightrope.  The ear is very vulnerable, on the edge of losing blood flow.  Slight changes, like eating a salty meal (Thanksgiving is notorious for this!) can put you at risk.  But hydrops alone doesn’t make the spell happen.  That requires a decrease in blood flow in the brain itself. Continue reading “How does vascular disease set off Meniere attacks?”

How does hydrops cause Meniere attacks?

The first thing a person has to have in order to have a Meniere attack is endolymphatic hydrops, a ballooning of the endolymph-filled labyrinth with a decrease of the cushioning perilymph fluid surrounding it.  Normally these compartments have a careful pressure-regulating system that keeps them from ballooning. Since the inner ear is a pressure sensor—soundContinue reading “How does hydrops cause Meniere attacks?”