How Meniere’s Disease & Tinnitus Relate to One of the Most Unpredictable Types of Hearing Loss
Tinnitus in patients with Meniere’s disease is initially described as “roaring,” low-pitch, and unilateral, which correlates to low-frequency sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL).
Tinnitus typically progresses in loudness over time because of the simultaneous progression of hearing loss. The cause of tinnitus is a complex issue and can have multiple factors that lead to the presentation of tinnitus.
Due to the excitatory effect of Meniere’s disease, some patients have reported a decrease in tinnitus severity after sympathectomy of the cochlear nerve.
This characteristic is different than the more commonly hypothesized neurophysiological model where a decrease in sensory input may lead to an increase in tinnitus severity.
Hearing Loss Tinnitus & Vertigo
Meniere’s disease presents unique challenges to the individual with tinnitus. The quality, pitch, and frequency of their tinnitus is markedly different than someone who has tinnitus as a result of cochlear damage.
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