Meniere’s Disease and Disability

Meniere’s Disease is an inner ear disorder that affects an individual’s balance and hearing.

The inner ear is comprised of semicircular canals, or labyrinths, which are fluid-filled tubes. These canals (as well as a nerve in your skull) help interpret your body’s position and maintain your balance. 

The endolymphatic sac helps filter and remove fluid in the semicircular canals. Meniere’s disease occurs when the endolymphatic sac becomes swollen.

The precise cause of Meniere’s disease is unknown. However, in some cases, it may be caused by:

  • Head injury;
  • Middle ear infection; or
  • Syphilis

Other risk factors include:

  • Allergies;
  • Alcohol use;
  • Fatigue;
  • Recent viral illness;
  • Respiratory infection;
  • Smoking;
  • Stress;
  • Use of certain medications, including aspirin; or
  • Genetics.

Between fifty thousand and one hundred thousand patients a year develop Meniere’s disease. Some of these individual receive Social Security disability benefits because their symptoms are so severe as to cause them to be unable to work on a full time continuous basis.

Mr. Ortiz has represented several claimants applying for disability with Meniere’s Disease as their primary significant disabling condition. Call Mr. Ortiz at 850-308-7833 for a free case evaluation to determine whether you may qualify for disability benefits with your condition.