Meniere Disease Treatments

There is no cure for Ménière's Disease, but treatment may include medication, surgery, physical therapy and/or lifestyle changes.

Your physician might recommend a combination of treatments, including:

  • Medications, such as:
    • Motion sickness drugs and anti-nausea medications may help minimize dizziness and control nausea and vomiting during an episode of dizziness.
    • A diuretic may help reduce fluid retention within the ear, for a longer term solution.
  • Injections: Steroids and certain antibiotics can be injected into the inner ear to calm symptoms or even eliminate the balance function in one of the ears.
  • Surgical options including:
    • Endolymphatic sac decompression: This surgery involves removing part of the labyrinth bone and inserting a tube to drain excess fluid.
    • Vestibular nerve section: This surgery attempts to save hearing while eliminating the balance function in the affected ear by cutting the nerve.
    • Labyrinthectomy: If hearing is already severely impacted, your surgeon can remove the labyrinth entirely to reduce dizziness.
  • Physical therapy: Therapists with additional training in vestibular rehabilitation can teach you exercises to improve your balance.
  • Meniett pulse generator: This device applies pulses of pressure to the ear canal to avoid fluid build-up.
  • Reduce sodium: Less sodium in the diet will help you stop retaining fluids, even in your inner ear.

Specialists also recommend identifying and managing stressors to help minimize your symptoms.