Meniere’s disease is an inner ear condition characterized by dizzy spells that last for a few hours at a time associated with nausea, vomiting, fullness, pressure in one ear, and fluctuating hearing loss. Some variations of these symptoms can exist.
There are several new developments in managing this incapacitating disease such as:
Medical Management with strict low salt diet, diurectics (fluid pills), anti-nausea medications, anti-dizziness medications, steroids and others.
Surgery is indicated when medical treatment fails: There are several kinds of surgical procedures:
a. The first procedure is to drain the sac that absorbs the inner ear fluids. This is an outpatient surgery that is done under general anesthesia.
b. Destruction of the inner ear, which is usually reserved to patients with severe hearing loss.
c. Other surgery on the balance nerve.
Chemical destruction of the inner ear. This is accomplished by injecting medicine in the middle ear that causes destruction of the area responsible for the dizziness. This is an office procedure and will be repeated weekly until satisfactory results are achieved.
With today’s advances in medicine, control of Meniere’s disease can be achieved, however it takes time and patience until such a favorable result is accomplished.
For additional information or to make an appointment, please contact River Cities Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists, P.L.L.C. at (304) 522-8800 or (800) 955-3277.
B. Joseph Touma, M.D.
Touma Ear and Balance Center
1616 13th Avenue, Suite 100
Huntington, WV 25701
304.522.8800 or 800.955.3277