Vertigo or dizziness is a very common symptom. It is described very differently from one person to another and can vary from a spinning sensation to a sensation of walking on a boat to a sensation of floating. The feeling may last anywhere from seconds to hours to months. Sometimes dizziness originates from a problem in the ear but not always. Other factors contributing to dizziness can include medications, visual disturbance, high or low blood pressure, cardiovascular problems and even migraines, among others. Through detailed description of your symptoms and physical exam, your skilled ENT will be able to help you understand if your symptoms are coming from your ear and how this can be treated if it is the case. We work closely with our partnered vestibular physiotherapists who can often be of help in cases of vertigo.
Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes in which you feel as if you’re spinning (vertigo), and you have fluctuating hearing loss with a progressive, ultimately permanent loss of hearing, ringing in the ear (tinnitus), and sometimes a feeling of fullness or pressure in your ear. In most cases, Meniere’s disease affects only one ear.
Meniere’s disease can occur at any age, but it usually starts between the ages of 20 and 50. It’s considered a chronic condition, but various treatments can help relieve symptoms and minimize the long-term impact on your life. These include medical therapy and chemical or surgical vestibular ablation. Speak to your doctor to see if your symptoms may suggest that you have Meniere’s disease and what the best treatment would be for you.
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