Deafness or damage to the hearing. As Meniere’s disease attacks the organs of the inner ear, loss of hearing is a possible result. At first, this loss will be temporary, but if the disease is neglected, it could well become permanent. The disease usually affects one ear predominantly. Fluid builds up inside the ear, and this can cause sound to appear either dull or accentuated. Sounds can also appear distorted as they are transmitted through the fluid. Your physician will try to drain the fluid from the ear to help reduce this problem.

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Experiencing strange sounds in the ear. As the infection attacks the sensory areas in the ear, this may result in false signals being sent to the brain. These signals maybe perceived as unexplained noises, including hissing, or a ringing sound, or just about any other unexplained buzz-like white noise. As this disease can attack different areas inside the ear, symptoms can vary. Some people will experience just a buzzing in the ear, without necessarily experiencing a loss of balance or suffering from damage to their hearing. Others will experience a combination of all three. This buzzing in the ear is not painful but can be extremely disturbing to a patient.