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Meniere's Disease

26 Mar 2012
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Image source: Chittka L, Brockmann; Wikimedia Commons – Human Ear Anatomy


Meniere's disease is a rare disorder that affects the ear. It usually appears as an 'attack' (which lasts for between 2–3 hours) during which there is a drop in hearing, pressure and/or ringing in the ear and vertigo.

The causes of Meniere's disease is unknown. Attacks can occur daily or as rarely as once a year.


Though the cause of Meniere's disease is unknown, it is thought that pressure in the ear contributes to the condition.

Risk factors for developing Meniere's include:

  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune problems
  • Genetic factors
  • Chemical imbalance in the inner ear
  • Viral infections
  • Blood vessel problems


  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo
  • Loss of hearing
  • Sense of fullness in the inner ear


  • Low-salt diet
  • Medication
  • Treatment of underlying health conditions
  • Physiotherapy
  • Treatment for stress, anxiety and depression
  • Surgery


If you have any of the above symptoms consult your general practitioner.




Video: What is Meniere's Disease?




The Hearing Association – Meniere's Disease



NHS – Meniere's Disease
Meniere's Society UK
National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders – Meniere's Disease
Meniere's-Disease CA



British Medical Journal
Journal of the American Medical Association
The Lancet



Meniere's Talk Forum
MedHelp – Meniere's Forum
Meniere's Disease UK – Forum
DailyStrength – Meniere's Disease Support Group



The information above is of a general nature and is designed to provide you with an overview of the topic with links to local and international resources which maybe of interest.  We do our best to ensure that this information is accurate and up to date.

You should always, however, seek specific professional medical advice, treatment and care appropriate to you, and as such we strongly recommend you consult with your general practitioner first.



Updated April 2012
Image source: Wikimedia Commons – Anatomy of the Human Ear