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What are the symptoms of Meniere's disease, and what causes it?

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Meniere's disease is an inner ear disorder that can cause permanent damage. Symptoms include hearing loss, ringing in your ears, vertigo, and a feeling of ear fullness. It usually happens in only one ear.

Doctors aren't sure what causes it. One theory is that it may come from fluid buildup in your inner ear. Reasons for this might include:

  • Blockage
  • Allergies
  • Viral infection
  • Head trauma
  • Migraines

If you suspect you have Meniere's disease, see a doctor. Treatments can help with symptoms.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Ear Wax and Care."

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Ear Wax."

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults."

American Tinnitus Association: "Causes," "Treatment Options," "Understanding the Facts."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cerumen Impaction."

Mayo Clinic: "Airplane Ear," "Meniere's Disease."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Age-Related Hearing Loss," "Noise-Induced Hearing Loss."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on September 4, 2020

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Ear Wax and Care."

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Ear Wax."

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults."

American Tinnitus Association: "Causes," "Treatment Options," "Understanding the Facts."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cerumen Impaction."

Mayo Clinic: "Airplane Ear," "Meniere's Disease."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Age-Related Hearing Loss," "Noise-Induced Hearing Loss."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on September 4, 2020

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