An imbalance is created in your inner ear when too much fluid is produced in the inner ear or not enough fluid is reabsorbed through your natural inner ear fluid recycling system. Fluid in your inner ear can cause dizziness, fullness of the ears, ringing in the ears or permanent damage to the inner ear structures and hearing loss. A doctor will determine if you have an inner ear fluid imbalance by running tests and performing a physical and historical medical evaluation.
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Eat a low-sodium diet. According to Loyola Medicine, the fluid produced for the inner ear contains a delicate balance of minerals, including sodium (salt). If this balance is altered, too much fluid may be produced. Diets which are high in sodium may be the culprit. Your doctor may prescribe a low-sodium meal plan that will cut many snack foods, frozen foods and restaurant meals from your diet.
Take water pills. Diuretics, or water pills, may be prescribed by your doctor to help relieve pressure in the inner ear and reduce fluid production in the inner ear. Diuretics reduce fluid in your entire body, however, and can lower your levels of potassium. If your doctor prescribes diuretics, be sure to follow her medication and diet recommendations closely.
Use antibiotics. In the most severe cases of inner ear fluid imbalance known as Meniere's disease, your doctor may prescribe the use of antibiotics to partly destroy cells in the inner ear, reduce the production of fluid and relieve vertigo. The use of antibiotics will likely cause some hearing loss, with an average patient hearing loss of 30 to 40 percent.
Tips & Warnings
- Fluid in the inner ear is not the same as fluid in the middle ear -- commonly known as "water in the ear" or "swimmer's ear." Where topical and home remedies may work for fluid in the middle ear, fluid in the inner ear is more difficult to dry up and should be managed under the care of a physician.