- June 18, 2016
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Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear. The inner ear is responsible for balance, as well as hearing. This disorder causes vertigo (a sensation of spinning), hearing problems, and a ringing sound in the ear. Meniere’s disease usually affects only one ear.
Meniere’s disease is a chronic (long-term) disease, but treatments and lifestyle changes can help to ease the symptoms. Many people diagnosed with Meniere’s disease will go into remission within a few years after their diagnosis.
The specific cause remains unknown, but scientists believe it may be caused by changes in the fluid in tubes of the inner ear.
Loss of balance
Sweating occasioned by severe vertigo.
Hearing test is used to determine if you are experiencing hearing loss.
Audiometry: in this test, you will put on headphones. You will hear noises with a variety of pitches and volumes. You will need to indicate when you can and cannot hear a tone, so the technician can determine if you are experiencing hearing loss. The test will also tell the difference between similar sounds. In this portion of the test, you will hear words through the headphones. You will need to repeat what you hear. The results of this test will tell your doctor if you have a hearing problem in one or both ears.
Electrocochleography (ECog) is a test done to measure the electrical activity in the inner ear. An auditory brainstem response (ABR) test checks the function of the hearing nerves and the hearing center in the brain. These tests can tell your doctor if the problem is caused by your inner ear or with your ear nerve.
Balance tests are done to test the function of your inner ear. People who have Meniere’s disease will have a reduced balance response in one of their ears.
The balance test most commonly used to test for Meniere’s disease is electronystagmography (ENG). In this test, you will have electrodes placed around your eyes to detect eye movement. This is because the balance response in the inner ear causes eye movements.
During this test, both hot and cold water will be pushed into the ear. The water causes the balance function to work. Your involuntary eye movements will be tracked. Any abnormalities can indicate a problem with the inner ear.
Rotary chair (also called rotational chair or rotatory chair) testing is less commonly used. It will show your doctor whether your problem is caused by a problem in your ear or your brain. It’s used in addition to ENG testing because the ENG results can be incorrect if there is wax blocking one of your ear’s canals or if your ear is damaged. In this test, the chair is moved while your eye movements are carefully recorded.
Vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) testing measures the sound sensitivity of the vestibule of the inner ear.
Posturography testing to determine which part of the balance system that is not functioning properly.