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By March 16, 2011 at 7:09 am 1,458 13 4
Hello Friends! While I do not have hearing issues my wife (Sally) has a rare condition known as Meniere's Disease and has a very advanced case. According to the The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD):
Ménière’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes severe dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness or congestion in the ear. Ménière’s disease usually affects only one ear.
Attacks of dizziness may come on suddenly or after a short period of tinnitus or muffled hearing. Some people will have single attacks of dizziness separated by long periods of time. Others may experience many attacks closer together over a number of days. Some people with Ménière’s disease have vertigo so extreme that they lose their balance and fall. These episodes are called “drop attacks.”
Ménière’s disease can develop at any age, but it is more likely to happen to adults between 40 and 60 years of age. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates that approximately 615,000 individuals in the United States are currently diagnosed with Ménière’s disease and that 45,500 cases are newly diagnosed each year.
My wife has gone through three procedures for relief, each with a supposed 80-90% success rate, of which she's currently experiencing almost constant vertigo. She has had injection therapy, a shunt process, and even had her balance nerve sectioned. We have an appointment for a balance test and hearing test today. Our next step just be the removal of her eardrum. While it will cause total deafness in one ear, the hope is that it will stop the vertigo, ringing and associated side effects. Your thoughts and prayers would be most appreciated.
Does anyone else in the Hearing Loss Connect membership have Meniere's Disease?