Meniere's Disease Specialist

David Chen, DC

Chiropractor located in South Pasadena, CA

Meniere’s disease causes severe dizziness and ringing in your ears, but it has few effective treatments to relieve symptoms. Dr. David Chen, DC, is a chiropractor in South Pasadena, California, serving the greater Los Angeles area who specializes in using upper cervical chiropractic care to alleviate Meniere’s symptoms. Using upper cervical adjustments are gentle, so you can get treatment without experiencing soreness or discomfort afterward. To learn more about chiropractic care for Meniere’s disease, book an appointment online or over the phone today.

Meniere's Disease Q & A

What is Meniere’s disease?

Meniere’s disease is a condition that affects the inner ear and causes:

  • Severe dizziness (vertigo)
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
  • Hearing loss
  • Sensation of pressure in the ear

Meniere’s disease can affect people of all ages, though it’s most common in men and women between the ages of 40-60. Meniere’s disease can cause bouts of dizziness that last several days or dizziness that occurs sporadically. In severe cases, dizziness may be so extreme that it can cause you to fall down.

What causes Meniere’s disease?

Meniere’s disease is caused by excess fluid buildup in a portion of the inner ear called the labyrinth. The labyrinth is responsible for balance and hearing. The fluid in the labyrinth is called endolymph, and it may build up due to:

  • Constrictions in blood vessels near the inner ear
  • Viral infections
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Allergies

While researchers are unsure of the cause, Meniere’s disease is common in families, so it may also have a genetic or hereditary component.

How is Meniere’s disease diagnosed?

There is no single test to diagnose Meniere’s disease. Dr. Chen normally diagnoses the condition based on your medical history and symptoms, including:

  • Two or more episodes of dizziness lasting more than 20 minutes
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Temporary hearing loss
  • A sensation of pressure in the ear

In some cases, Dr. Chen may refer you to an otolaryngologist for additional testing, including hearing tests and an MRI or CT scan to rule out other potential causes of your hearing loss.

How is Meniere’s disease treated?

Dr. Chen uses a combination of lifestyle counseling and upper cervical chiropractic care to reduce symptoms of Meniere’s disease. He may also recommend changes to your lifestyle to address the fluid buildup, including limiting your intake of foods, such as salt, alcohol, and chocolate, which may trigger dizziness spells.

Dr. Chen also provides upper cervical chiropractic care to address misalignments of the first two vertebrae of the spine. These vertebrae are located near your brainstem and may influence nerve signals and blood flow to your ears. Correcting misalignments may reduce your symptoms.

Dr. Chen works with specialists who can prescribe medications or provide cognitive therapy to reduce your symptoms as well.

Get relief from Meniere’s disease by booking an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. David Chen, DC, today.