Meniere’s Disease





Meniere’s disease, also termed as idiopathic endolymphatichydrops, is a condition affecting the inner ear characterized by episodic symptoms that include vertigo, tinnitus and loss of hearing on the affected side.



The cause of Meniere’s disease is unknown. But it has been speculated that it is probably due to an abnormality in the dynamics and regulation of the fluids in the inner ear. Oftentimes only one ear is affected by the condition, but a good number amounting to 15% of the reported cases has a bilateral involvement.

Meniere’s disease usually affects individuals who are between the ages of 20 and 50, but it can easily affect any individual of any age. Both men and women have an equal chance of contracting this condition.


Signs and Symptoms

Meniere’s disease has four identifying symptoms. A person with this condition may have two or more of the following:

  • Episodes of vertigo. Bouts of this indication usually last for about a few minutes to a couple of hours. These episodes feature a rotating sensation, together with a feeling of being unable to balance, and nausea and vomiting. During these episodes, the affected person becomes helpless, and they often feel tired after the attack is over.
  • This indicates a ringing or whooshing sound inside the affected ear. This sound may be constant, but it can also appear together with the vertigo attacks, or it can be an indicator that a bout of vertigo is about to happen.
  • Hearing Loss. This symptom can be may come and go during the early stages of the disease, but can become permanent once the condition has advanced. Again, this usually affects only the concerned ear, but can eventually involve both ears as the disease progresses.
  • Fullness in the ear. This feeling occurs just before the vertigo attacks.



Meniere’s disease does not yet have a specific cure, but it can be managed by the following treatment options:

  • Since vertigo is the primary symptom of this condition, medications that are used to relieve dizziness are usually prescribed to manage and shorten the bouts of vertigo.
  • Diuretics and limitations on salt intake. Dizziness is said to be limited and controlled when the amount of fluids retained by the body is reduced. In order to do this, salt intake is limited and diuretics may be prescribed. The amount of fluid in the ear and the pressure it exerts may be lowered when water retention is managed.
  • Dietary and lifestyle changes. Food items that worsen the symptoms such as caffeine and alcohol may be limited or avoided. Refraining from smoking and becoming stressed can also help.


Disability Tax Credits for Meniere’s Disease

Meniere’s disease can affect the hearing and the perception of balance of a person afflicted by it. The symptoms that are manifested by this disease can also be debilitating to the affected individual. However, being diagnosed with Meniere’s disease does not necessarily mean you can no longer do the things that you love doing. Having this condition just simply means you have to take things slow in order to make way for the limitations that it has set on your activities of daily living.

If you or someone you know has Meniere’s disease, perhaps you can benefit from the disability tax credits given by the Canadian Revenue Agency. To help you with this, you can seek the help of one of our numerous customer services representatives are Handy Tax. All you have to do now is set that appointment and secure a disability certificate from a qualified medical professional.