Meniere’s Disease Specialist

Beach Cities Hearing Solutions

Audiologists located in Torrance, CA

If you suffer from ringing in your ear, hearing loss, or vertigo, you may have Ménière's disease. This chronic condition of the inner ear affects hearing and balance and can interfere with your ability to perform daily activities. Jonathan Leiterman, ScD, and the caring team of experts at Beach Cities Hearing Solutions can diagnose Ménière's disease and help you manage the condition so it won’t keep you from participating in the activities you enjoy. To find relief from the symptoms of Ménière's disease, call the office in Torrance, California, today, or make an appointment online.

Meniere’s Disease Q & A

What is Ménière's disease?

Ménière's disease is a chronic inner ear condition that affects your hearing and balance. Symptoms can range from mild to severe; more extreme cases can be debilitating and interfere with your quality of life.

The exact cause of Ménière's disease isn’t yet known, but researchers believe that abnormal fluid in your inner ear contributes to the disorder. Allergies, autoimmune conditions, and genetics may also play a role in Ménière's disease.

Most of the time, Ménière's disease affects only one ear. It’s most common in people who are in their 40s and 50s, but it can develop at any age.

What are the symptoms of Ménière's disease?

The most common symptoms associated with Ménière's disease include:

  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • A feeling of fullness in the ear
  • Hearing loss
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Loss of balance
  • Headaches

You may have episodes where your symptoms are severe, followed by episodes of milder symptoms, or periods where your symptoms disappear altogether.

How is Ménière's disease diagnosed?

The team at Beach Cities Hearing Solutions diagnoses Ménière's disease with a comprehensive hearing test. 

During this in-depth evaluation, your audiologist performs a variety of diagnostics to determine the cause of your symptoms, assess their severity, and identify how the structures of your ear have been affected. Your evaluation may include the following tests:

  • Otoacoustic emissions test: checks the function of your inner ear
  • Electrocochleography: tests inner ear response to sounds
  • Videonystagmography: evaluates balance based on eye movement
  • Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials testing: can detect changes inside the ears associated with Ménière's disease

When your evaluation is complete, your audiologist will discuss the results with you in detail, and provide information about your options for treatment.

How is Ménière's disease treated?

There’s no cure for Ménière's disease, but the experts at Beach Cities Hearing Solutions can help you manage the condition. Some of the treatment options your expert may recommend are:

  • Antibiotics
  • Corticosteroid therapy 
  • Antinausea medications
  • Fluid drainage procedures
  • Hearing aids

In severe cases, surgery can help alleviate vertigo and restore balance to help you regain your quality of life.

If you suffer from tinnitus, vertigo, or hearing loss, call Beach Cities Hearing Solutions today, or make an appointment online.