Meniere's Disease (cont.)
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Ménière's disease can be treated with a process called chemical ablation, in which a toxic chemical is absorbed into the balance center of the inner ear (labyrinth). The chemical makes it so that the affected ear is no longer involved with balance, and symptoms no longer occur. Hearing may be damaged by this procedure. Chemical ablation may successfully control vertigo associated with Ménière's disease.3
The Meniett device is a portable earpiece that sends little pulses of pressure through a small tube into your middle ear. The result is the elimination of fluid buildup in your inner ear, which restores your sense of balance. Initial studies show that using this device successfully reduces symptoms of severe vertigo in some people.4
You may want to ask your doctor whether the Meniett device is available or is an option for treating your symptoms of severe vertigo. You still need surgery to use a Meniett device (to put in the tubes), but it is considered safer than other surgeries for Ménière's disease.
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