Menieres Disease is also known as “Idiopathic Episodic Endolymphatic Hydrops”. The meaning of idiopathic is cause unknown. Meniere’s disease is however known to be a problem that is associated with an abnormal pressure created by an over production of fluid within the inner ear or cochlea.
As the cochlea is attached to the vestibule or balance organ, symptoms can include severe attacks of dizziness or “rotary vertigo” and nausea, alongside a fluctuating hearing loss. Tinnitus is more often another side affect related to this disorder.
Meniere’s disease can occur at any age but more often occurs with people being aged between 20 and 50 years, with the majority of sufferers being over 40 years.
The associated symptoms mentioned above would lead a registered hearing aid dispenser to suspect Meniere’s disease and that client must then be referred for medical attention. Care must be taken during testing and fitting hearing aids as any over amplification of sound could induce an attack.
If medical advice has been given and permission has been granted to fit hearing aids it is advisable to have hearing aids with multiple programs and a volume control so that more control of the hearing aid is given in order to compensate for the fluctuating loss.
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