Ringing Ears and Dizziness: Is This Meniere’s?[imwb_socialbuzz] By John On January 31, 2013 Under Meniere's Disease
Do you have ringing ears accompanied by dizziness?
- Are you trying to figure out some reason for why you’re experiencing this problem?
- The ringing could be a form of tinnitus that is being caused by a problem affecting the inner ear.
- The vestibular labyrinth is found in your inner ear.
The labyrinth is an organ that helps to control balance. Inside this organ are very small sensors surrounded by fluid, which are responsible for head rotation. There are tiny particles found in the utricle and saccule located in the inner ear, which are attached to sensors responsible for motion and gravity.
When any of these organs or sensors becomes damaged, you will feel dizzy and you will usually hear a ringing in your ears. Therefore, ringing ears and dizziness are normally associated with an inner ear condition.
There are several problems that can cause a person to experience ringing ears and dizziness.
For example, it could be something as simple as an ear infection that can be cleared up with antibiotics. However, it could also be something more serious such as an acoustic neuroma, which is a non-cancerous tumor or possibly Meniere’s disease.
If you are experiencing ringing ears with nausea and dizziness symptoms, it’s recommended that you see your health care provider right away to determine the cause of your condition. They will most likely refer you to a specialist who will run a variety of tests designed to determine the source of your problem.
- Once the source is found, you can start treatment for the problem and these symptoms should begin to subside.
- If they do continue then your doctor should be able to help you find techniques or prescribe a medication that will help you deal with the ringing and dizziness.
Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder that affects balance and hearing.
See also: Vertigo
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The inner ear contains fluid-filled tubes called semicircular canals, or labyrinths. These canals, along with a nerve in your skull, help interpret your body’s position and maintain your balance.
The exact cause of Meniere’s disease is unknown. It may occur when the pressure of the fluid in part of the inner ear gets too high.
In some cases, Meniere’s disease may be related to:
- Head injury
- Middle or inner ear infection
Other risk factors include:
- Alcohol use
- Family history
- Recent viral illness
- Respiratory infection
- Use of certain medications
Between 50,000 and 100,000 people a year develop Meniere’s disease.
Attacks or episodes of Meniere’s disease often start without warning. They may occur daily, or as rarely as once a year. The severity of each episode can vary.
Meniere’s disease usually has four main symptoms:
- Drop in hearing
- Pressure in the ear
- Ringing or roaring in the affected ear
Severe vertigo or dizziness is the symptom that causes the most problems. People who have vertigo feel as though they are spinning or moving, or that the world is spinning around them.
- Severe nausea, vomiting, and sweating often occur.
- Symptoms get worse with sudden movement.
- Often, the person will need to lie down.
- The dizziness and feeling of being off-balance will last from about 20 minutes to a few hours.
Hearing loss may occur. Usually the hearing loss is only in one ear, but it may affect both ears.
- A person’s hearing tends to recover between attacks but gets worse over time
- Low frequency hearing is lost first
- Roaring or ringing in the ear (tinnitus), as well as a sense of pressure in the ear are common
Other symptoms include:
- Pain or discomfort in the abdomen
- Nausea and vomiting
- Uncontrollable eye movements“
Tinnitus or the ringing noise that you hear in your ears, is a symptom probably caused by an underlying medical condition. When this ringing is accompanied by dizziness, that’s usually an indication pointing to some type of inner ear problem and you should be seen by your doctor. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring this problem.
Should you begin to experience ringing ears and dizziness, you need to find the underlying cause. Waiting could cause permanent damage to your ears and is not recommended.
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