Can Hearing Aids Help with Meniere's Disease?
What is Meniere’s Disease?
Meniere’s Disease is an inner ear disorder that causes vertigo and dizziness that can last from hours to days, hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ear), or pressure build up in the ear. Meniere’s disease is not common, and its cause is not well understood, but there are some treatment options that can help alleviate chronic symptoms.
How can Meniere’s Disease be Diagnosed?
To diagnose Meniere’s disease, the patient must be documented to have experienced at least two prolonged episodes of vertigo, tinnitus or pressure in the ear, and have hearing loss confirmed by a hearing test. Meniere’s Disease symptoms are highly variable from patient to patient, and it is possible to experience two of these symptoms simultaneously as part of conditions other than this disease. It is therefore important to consult a medical professional for a correct diagnosis if you are experiencing any of these issues.
Is there a cure for Meniere’s Disease?
Meniere’s Disease appears to result from an abnormal amount of fluid in the inner ear, which is critical for maintaining balance. However, the cause of this imbalance is unknown, so the ultimate reason for Meniere’s Disease development is still not understood, so there is no known cure. There are some treatments that can make the chronic symptoms manageable, such as diet, exercise, and medications.
How Can Hearing Aids Help?
If you are suffering from hearing problems as a result of Meniere’s Disease, hearing aids can help. Like many other causes of hearing impairment, the right hearing aids can restore hearing for this particular ailment. Because Meniere’s Disease often occurs in one ear and is characterized by symptoms of dizziness and vertigo, hearing aids may also help promote better balance by correcting the orientation if audible information received by the brain. Even though hearing aids cannot address the underlying causes of these symptoms and of Meniere’s disease, accessing the appropriate hearing care can help to manage chronic symptoms and improve quality of life.
Call Us for a Free Hearing Test
If you are experiencing hearing loss, dizziness, or any other type of hearing impairment, call us today for a free hearing test. If you are living with Meniere’s Disease, hearing aids can help restore your hearing. At Chicago Beltone, we want to give the millions of Americans with hearing issues the hearing care they need. Call today!