What is Meniere’s Disease?

There are many sides to tinnitus suffering, but one of the more serious conditions that can physically cause aches, pains, and frustration is called Meniere’s Disease. Typically, those with this type of tinnitus get attacks, much like panic attacks but more physical and geared in the ears.

An attack typically starts with ear pressure as if the ears were full of water and being pushed on. Aching in either or both ears may also ensue simultaneously. Some symptoms of a severe attack include vertigo (dizziness, spinning feelings), the body balance feels strange and imbalanced, feeling ill (feelings of vomiting or nausea), and even exhaustion from experiencing these symptoms for extended periods intensely.

Some Meniere’s attacks can last as long as 2-4 hours or more. It’s incredibly taxing to the energy and comfort levels often leading to prolonged naps from exhaustion.

What Causes This Disease is when the inner ear and structures tend to fill with fluid. Normally, this fluid stays at a consistent rate and contains concentrations of sodium, potassium, chloride, and electrolytes which allow the inner ear sensory cells to function the way they are supposed to. When something injures thMeniere's Diseasee inner workings of the ear such as concussion, falling off a bike, car accident, or anything that can shake up the inner workings of your ears.

Injury tends to remove the “control” aspect of your ears inner workings causing fluid to no longer stay constant but rather to change with the body’s own fluids and blood pressures. This means stress, for example, can cause intense pain in the ears as can exercising and times when the heart is pumping harder than usual.

The body’s blood and fluid content can affect the inner ear’s fluid as well. Things like taking in high salt or sugary diets, this increase can dis-balance the inner ear fluids. This misbalance changes the balance of trace minerals in the fluid enough to cause vertigo, hearing loss, hot and cold spells, and other discomfort.
Many have attacks in close proximity to one another causing great frustration and making anything being done at the time increasingly difficult.

There is hope for relief with this type of tinnitus. You must change your diet to help balance and maintain a good balance of the inner ear fluids. Diet is important for maintaining balanced fluid levels in the inner ear.

Some Things to Keep in Mind:

1. Don’t Skip meals. Maintaining a regular meal plan that is consistent (including snacks) helps the body to maintain balance.

2. Keep high salt and sugar content beverages and food out of your diet. Maintaining a low salt/sugar diet helps avoid disturbances and keeps the body overall healthier.

3. Try to eat more fruits and vegetables, less junk food, and if possible avoid/drastically lower processed foods.

4. Get more fluids (water, milk, and fruit juices with very little sugar)

5. Avoid coffee, soda/Meniere's Diseasesoft drinks, and teas- including any beverage with caffeine in it at all. Caffeine makes the condition worse and instigates a problem.

6. Avoid any type of aspirin that contains caffeine such as Excedrin Migraine

7. If possible, eliminate alcohol and tobacco completely- these also agitate the condition and can make it much worse.

Overall you want to maintain a low sodium diet, no caffeine, and keep sugary foods to a minimum. Many canned foods contain a lot of sugar so it’s not just about avoiding candy and soft drinks! Start reading labels!


For some Meniere’s Disease can be permanent and managing it is the best you can hope for, but the condition is well known and easy to manage if you have the right information and put forth the effort to keep your diet under control.

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