Ménière's (say "men-YEERS") disease is a disorder of the inner
ear that affects hearing and balance. It causes sudden attacks of vertigo (a
spinning sensation), tinnitus (a loud ringing in the ears), and hearing loss
that may be temporary or permanent. The cause of Ménière's disease is not known, but it may be
related to a fluid imbalance in the inner ear.
medicines and sometimes surgery.
Avoiding salt, caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and stress may prevent attacks.
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Barrie J. Hurwitz, MD - Neurology
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