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Ménière’s disease

Ménière's disease is a rare disorder that affects the inner ear. It can cause vertigo, tinnitus, hearing loss, and a feeling of pressure deep inside the ear.
Symptoms of Ménière's disease
The symptoms of Ménière's disease vary from person to person. Initially, they tend to occur as sudden attacks that last a few hours.
Causes of Ménière’s disease
The exact cause of Ménière's disease is not yet known, although it is thought to be caused by a problem with the pressure in the inner ear.
Diagnosing Ménière's disease
There is no single test for Ménière's disease and the condition can be difficult to distinguish from other problems because there are several conditions that cause similar symptoms.
Treating Ménière's disease
There is not yet an absolute cure for Ménière’s disease, but treatments can usually help people with the condition control their symptoms.
Living with Ménière's disease
Living with Ménière's disease can be difficult and frustrating. As your balance and hearing may be significantly impaired during an attack, certain activities can be very dangerous.
‘I love listening to music - it drowns out the tinnitus'
Jan Dawson, 30, was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease a few years ago and lives with hearing loss and tinnitus. Thankfully, the high-pitched ringing in her ears