North Shore ENT
Alexander Sorin, M.D., F.A.C.S.
ENT & Otology located in New Hyde Park, NY
Meniere's disease is a chronic condition that impacts your inner ear, affecting your balance and hearing. At North Shore ENT in New Hyde Park, New York, fellowship-trained otolaryngologist Alexander Sorin, MD, FACS, helps patients manage their symptoms and minimize the long-term effects of Meniere's disease. If you experience symptoms like loss of balance and hearing loss, book an appointment with Dr. Sorin by phone or online today.
Meniere's Disease Q & A
What is Meniere's disease?
Meniere's disease is a chronic ear disorder that causes abnormal amounts of fluid in the inner ear. The extra fluid in your ears interferes with brain signals responsible for balance and hearing. Although Meniere's disease can affect anyone, the condition most commonly develops during early and middle adulthood.
What are the symptoms of Meniere's disease?
The symptoms of Meniere's disease include:
- Hearing loss
- Ringing in the ear
- Pressure in the ear
Meniere's disease typically only affects one ear. Most patients experience symptoms that come and go over time. Severe episodes of vertigo can result in nausea.
What causes Meniere's disease?
Although the exact cause of Meniere's disease is unknown, numerous factors contribute to the condition, including:
- Viral infections
- Poor ear drainage
- Abnormal autoimmune response
- Allergic reactions
- Ear structure abnormalities
How is Meniere's disease diagnosed?
Before you begin treatment, Dr. Sorin must diagnose your condition. In addition to a discussion of your symptoms and medical history, Dr. Sorin also performs an audiometry test and balance assessment to evaluate your hearing and balance.
To rule out other conditions, Dr. Sorin may order additional testing like a blood test, vestibular testing CT scan, or MRI.
How is Meniere's disease treated?
Meniere's disease is a chronic condition that requires continuous management. There are a number of methods used to minimize the frequency of vertigo episodes and address hearing loss. Management of your condition may include conservative treatments, such as:
- Motion sickness medications
- Steroid injection therapy
- Anti-nausea medications
- Vestibular rehabilitation therapy
- Hearing aids
If you suffer from severe vertigo or hearing loss, conservative treatment might not be enough to manage your condition. North Shore ENT also provides a number of in-office and surgical procedures to address Meniere's disease. You and Dr. Sorin develop a treatment plan that suits your needs.
To discuss your Meniere's disease symptoms with Dr. Sorin, call the office or schedule your appointment online today.