As owner of Allergy Ear Nose & Throat, Ltd., in Marianna, Florida, Angelo Consiglio, MD, has welcomed many patients with balance issues. Angelo Consiglio, MD, draws on an in-depth knowledge of such conditions as Ménière’s disease.
Ménière’s disease is a condition of the inner ear. It is often classified as a balance disorder because it causes episodes of dizziness and vertigo, which frequently present with disturbances to the individual’s hearing. Patients with Ménière’s disease often report temporary hearing loss, ringing in the ears, and a sensation of fullness, all of which may last from 20 minutes to 4 hours.
The disease’s symptomatology results from an excess of fluid in the inner ear. In a healthy ear, this fluid is responsible for signaling receptors that transmit crucial information to the brain about body movement and positioning. Inadequate drainage or excessive buildup of fluid interferes with this process, as well as with the sending of auditory signals to the brain.
Typically diagnosed when a patient is 20 to 50 years old, Ménière’s disease does not yet have a known root cause or cure. Treatments target the control of dizziness and auditory symptoms and include medication, pressure pulse treatment, and injected antibiotics or corticosteroids. Pressure pulse treatment may also be effective in preventing dizziness, though some patients must undergo surgery to achieve relief of this symptom.