Five Facts About Meniere’s Disease
– In 1861, French physician Prosper Meniere theorized that episodes including vertigo, tinnitus, and hearing loss came from the inner ear rather than coming from the brain, as was believed at the time. Once the idea was accepted, the name of Dr. Prosper Meniere began its association with this inner ear disease and with inner ear balance disorders in general
– Meniere’s Disease roughly affects 615,000 people within the United States, which makes it a relatively rare disease, according to statistics. Only about 0.2 percent of the population in the U.S has it.
– Unfortunately, a cure for Meniere’s disease does not exist. A number of treatments can help reduce the severity and frequency of episodes related to vertigo. But, there aren’t any treatments for the hearing loss.
– Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can lead to spells and episodes of vertigo, hearing loss (temporary and permanent), and tinnitus, just to name a few symptoms. Meniere’s can affect only one ear, but it may affect both ears as you get older. Meniere’s disease can occur at any age, but it usually starts between younger to middle-aged adults.
– Meniere’s disease is becoming a more widely known Vestibular Disorder and there are now many resources and support groups that offer valuable information. Here is a very popular and useful link to the “Ultimate List of Meniere’s Disease Links and resources” https://www.mindovermenieres.com/the-ultimate-list-of-menieres-disease-links-and-resources/