Meniere’s Disease is a syndrome that typically includes hearing loss as one of its symptoms. There are many variations in the course of the disease, so an individual’s symptoms may vary considerably from the norm.
October 2010 – Modified cochlear implant to treat balance disorder
February 2010 – Drug to Treat Meniere’s Approved for Clinical Trial
July 2007 – Resources for Meniere’s Disease
February 2007 – Non-Surgical Therapy for Meniere’s Disease Sufferers
July 2002 – One of the promising new treatments for Meniere’s is a device called the Meniett. Dr. George Gates discussed this treatment at the 2002 SHHH convention.
Solving the Puzzle of Meniere’s Disease
IMAGINE leaving your house to go about your day, pulling the door closed behind you, when you suddenly feel like you are on a roller-coaster. You lose your balance, fall over and vomit. And you’re so dizzy you can’t get up for 15 minutes. Now imagine this happens to you twice or thrice a week, without warning. Throw in the responsibility of looking after a young child and you have the life of Sara Eastway, one of about 40,000 people in Australia who have Meniere’s disease. The vertigo attacks dominate stage one of the disease, and about half of those affected will be lucky enough to have only occasional attacks, with years of remission in between. The other half will progress to stages two and three, says Bill Gibson, head of the ear, nose and throat department at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and director of the Sydney Cochlear Implant Centre. In stage two, patients have a combination of hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo attacks. In stage three, many people find the vertigo attacks and tinnitus subside a little, but their hearing is damaged so much they have trouble understanding speech and suffer poor balance.
Meniere’s and music: The sound of silence
I’ve been partially deaf since I was three, when the nerve in my right ear mysteriously stopped working. I don’t know what stereo is like, I struggle to record sound in my work as a documentary film-maker, and I’m comedically bewildered by loud social gatherings. I’ve always lived in the hearing world, and never really worried that I was deaf. But now, with the onset of a surprisingly common condition called Meniere’s disease, which wreaks sudden, room-spinning dizziness and threatens to plunge me into total silence, I’m starting to regret that I never explored the rich world of signing, lip-reading and “visible sound”.
Diet and Meniett Are Preferred Meniere’s Treatment
Results of a survey published in the August 2007 issue of Otology & Neurotology indicates that the Meniett(r) Low Pressure Pulse Generator manufactured by Medtronic Inc is the preferred treatment method after diet modification for patients diagnosed with Ménière’s disease in an only hearing ear. The survey was conducted among a nonrandom sample of clinically active members of the American Otological Society and the American Neurotology Society by researchers from the Division of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Dietary modification was recommended as first-line therapy by 99% of the survey respondents, including moderate to strict salt restriction, decreased caffeine intake and avoidance of alcohol. A diuretic was also recommended by 96% of respondents. When asked what they would offer if initial treatment failed, respondents chose the Meniett(r) device first and most frequently over therapies such as intratympanic corticosteroids, endolymphatic sac mastoid shunt, intratympanic gentamicin perfusion, and endolymphatic sac vein decompression.
New Patient Information on Meniere’s Disease Now Available
Editor: Despite ongoing advances in diagnosing and treating medical issues, Meniere’s disease remains an enigma. Not only are the experts often uncertain of the best treatment, they are sometimes not even able to state with certainty whether a particular person has Meniere’s disease or not!
The docs have recently updated their patient information on Meniere’s disease, and you can get your very own copy for a SASE. Read on to learn how!
The national medical society for ear, nose, and throat physicians offers an explanation of an inner ear disorder leading to vertigo and hearing loss.
Alexandria, VA — Ménière’s disease is one of the most common causes of dizziness originating in the inner ear. The cause of this disease in unknown; its symptoms include episodic rotational vertigo (attacks of a spinning sensation), hearing loss, tinnitus (a roaring, buzzing, or ringing sound in the ear), and a sensation of fullness in the affected ear. Tinnitus and fullness of the ear in Ménière’s disease may come and go with changes in hearing, occur during or just before attacks, or be constant. Ménière’s disease typically starts between the ages of 20 and 50 years. Men and women are affected in equal numbers.
The physician specialist with unique training to diagnose and treat Ménière’s disease is an otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeon, also known as an ear, nose, and throat specialist. The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) represents the nation’s 10,000 ear, nose, and throat specialists. The medical society has just issued an updated version of its patient information leaflet, “Doctor, explain Ménière’s Disease: Insight into Diagnosis and Treatment.” The information contained in the leaflet is also available on the Academy’s Health Information section of the Academy (AAO-HNS) Internet website at http://www.entnet.org/healthinfo/balance/meniere.cfm.
Among the information in this new patient information leaflet are explanations of:
a) Why, of all of Ménière’s disease’s symptoms, vertigo is usually the most troublesome. Vertigo is commonly produced by disorders of the inner ear, but may also occur in central nervous system disorders. Vertigo may last for 20 minutes to two hours or longer. During attacks, patients are usually unable to perform normal activities; sleepiness may follow and the off-balance sensation may last for days.
b) The description of the diagnostic examination for Ménière’s disease. This will include a history of the frequency, duration, severity, and character of vertigo attacks, the duration of hearing loss, or fullness in either or both ears. You may be asked whether if your health history includes mumps, or other serious infections, inflammations of the eye, an autoimmune disorder or allergy, or ear surgery in the past.
c) The changes in adult lifestyle which will lead to a reduction of the frequency of Ménière’s disease symptoms.