Balance Problems

Frequently Asked Questions

18. What treatments are available for Ménière's disease?

Ménière's disease is caused by changes in fluid volumes in the inner ear. People with Ménière's disease can help reduce its dizzying effects by lowering the amount of salt (sodium) in their diets. Limiting alcohol or caffeine also may be helpful.

Some medications, such as corticosteroids or the antibiotic gentamicin, also are used to treat Ménière's disease. Although gentamicin can help reduce the dizziness that occurs with Ménière's disease, it occasionally destroys sensory cells in the inner ear, which can result in permanent hearing loss. Corticosteroids don't cause hearing loss; however, research is underway to determine if they are as effective as gentamicin

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