August 12th, 2012 | General | by Tracy Saunders

What is Meniere’s Disease?

Family Member:

What is Meniere’s disease? The diagnosis was a right-sided, flat severe sensorineural hearing loss. The right side was also diagnosed with Meniere’s disease. What normal sounds should he be able to hear? What normal sounds will he miss out on hearing now?

Audiologist:

Thank you for contacting Hearing Solutions for your hearing health question.

Meniere’s disease is a rather complicated ‘inner ear’ disorder which affects each person differently. It often involves fluctuating hearing loss and episodes of vertigo (extreme dizziness). There are a wide range of treatments available and I would recommend a consultation with an Otolaryngologist (ENT) to discuss your options.

Treatment of the hearing loss portion of Meniere’s disease typically involves hearing aids. Once a person has a sensorineural hearing loss, that’s the most efficient way of giving them back the ‘normal’ sounds. I would recommend visiting a Hearing Solutions clinic to discuss different hearing aid options available to you.

Best regards,

Tracy Saunders, M.Cl.Sc., Reg. CASLPO

Tracy Saunders is a registered Audiologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario. She holds a Master’s Degree in Audiology from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto.

 

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