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?”