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Ménière’s Disease

Ménière's disease is a long-term, usually progressive condition that affects both the balance and hearing parts of the inner ear. The main symptoms are vertigo (dizziness and loss of balance), tinnitus and hearing loss often with tinnitus. For people with Ménière's, increased tinnitus loudness is often a warning sign of an upcoming 'attack', signposting incidents of vertigo and often vomiting. These attacks may last for two to three hours a time, although it can sometimes take days for the sufferer to return to their usual self.

Affecting roughly one in 1,500 people, Ménière's is not a common condition, but it can develop at any age and affects both genders equally. It can also be linked to family history, with around 7-10% of sufferers sharing the disease with a close relative. 

Although the cause of Ménière's disorder is currently unknown, it is thought to be linked to a problem with inner-ear pressure, particularly involving the fluid that is inside, known as the endolymph. The disease can be divided into early, middle and late stages, tracking a path that over time, normally sees a decrease in attack frequency, but a steady increase in hearing loss and often in tinnitus as well. However, the progression of the condition varies from case to case and not all individuals will pass through all three phases.

Here at Amplifon we can help you assess the extent of your hearing loss, but if you also experience vertigo and/or tinnitus, you should consult your GP.If your doctor suspects that you may have Ménière's disorder, it will either treated with medication or you will be referred to an ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT), who will be able to carry out relevant tests and scans before prescribing the relevant treatment for your condition.

We have many clients with Ménière's disease and have been very successful at helping them adapt to the condition with our new and innovative technology. The Ménière's Society also provides support and authoritative information about the disease, much of it written by medical professionals and clinical researchers. The society can also put you in touch with other people who have been diagnosed with the condition, which may be a comfort to you or your friends and family.

For more information about the disease, including advice on symptoms, causes and treatments, please visit our relevant links.