Ménière’s disease, which is named after the 19th-century French physician who discovered the condition, is characterized by intermittent and abrupt attacks of vertigo (a spinning sensation) and sometimes tinnitus (ringing in the ears). Ménière’s sufferers may also experience hearing loss that can become permanent over time, as well as hypersensitivity to sounds and sound distortion. The condition typically develops in people in their 40s and 50s and usually occurs in one ear. However, some of those afflicted with Ménière’s disease experience involvement of the second ear, which can lead to bilateral hearing loss. While the cause of the disease largely remains a mystery, and diagnosis may be challenging, treatment with a hearing instrument often proves to be of benefit.
P.S. While there may be a decrease over time in the number and severity of episodes of vertigo associated with Ménière’s disease, tinnitus and hearing loss usually increase.
Before being fitted for a hearing aid, it’s important to tell your doctor of Audiology that your hearing loss is due to Meniere’s disease and the extent to which your hearing fluctuates. To schedule an appointment, please call EAR & HEARING CLINIC. We are registered members of the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario. “Hear the Sounds of Life.”