After the Otoscopy, Audiometry (Hearing test), ABR (Auditory Brainstem Response), and Imaging (CT-scan of head, MRI, f-MRI, MRA), many Ear Nose & Throught experts tell their patients: "There is nothing to do for you" or "You have to study how to live with it".
Other experts tell their patient about the fluids in the inner ear called: idiopathic endolymphatic hydrops. The relevant treatment is restriction of salt in the diet and usage of diuretic medications.
There is a long list of "risky" food, but the negative effect does not occur in every patient. Examples are: coffee, cola, alcohol, chocolate, monosodium glutamate.
About 300 medications may cause attacks of vertigo, and 240 may cause attacks of tinnitus. The provoking medications should not be eliminated automatically. Their risk to the patient should be evaluated carefully.
The current trend in meniere's disease treatments is to offer the patient steroids in tablets of prednisone. This management is effective in one third of the patients, and the positive effect lasts short time, in most of the responders. The side effects are unpredictable, and it is very recommended to administer the steroids during admission.
Blood tests for sodium, potassium and other electrolytes are recommended for monitoring the response of meniere's disease patients who are under special diets, diuretics and steroids. There are Ear Nose and Throat specialists who administer H-2 blockers, and others refer their patients to behavioral therapies or management by psychotropic medications.
The current popular treatment for vertigo patients is physiotherapy of head that supposed to replace the crystals in the canals of the inner ear. The most popular treatment for tinnitus patients is the TRT (Tinnitus Retraining Therapy).
"Plugged ears" in most of the sufferers is not a symptoms of obstruction in the Eustachian tube. Ear surgeons have tendency to diagnose "Eustachian tube dysfunction" and offer the patient a by-pass of the Eustachian tube by a simple puncture of the tympanic membrane or insertion of miniature tube to the middle ear.
Arie Yagoda (M.D.) met 5 Ear Nose and Throat specialists before he came to me.
All of them wanted to help him, and one of them inserted miniature tubes to his middle ear in his right and left side. The surgeon did it twice because it did not help him.
Mrs. Anatt Cohen suffered from Meniere's Disease many years. Tinnitus and vertigo were part of her life. Activities that were pleasure for others: getting married to a husband who loves her, having charming babies and social life, could not make her happy.
All the time she was worried about coping with her attacks of imbalance and ways to ignore the tinnitus. Now she is cured and enjoys playing with her grandchild.
Mr. William R. Hunt came for treatment of his tinnitus. He was not diagnosed as having Meniere's Disease, and my clinical evaluation is that his specialists in USA are right.
I am writing about him because he is very dedicated to the issue of helping other sufferers of tinnitus, and his English is very good. I believe that he can tell – in good English – what happened to him before and after the treatment.
Mr. Tim Donohue was a guitar player when he suffered from Acoustic trauma. Although his tinnitus is uni-lateral, he is not a Meniere's Disease sufferer.
For one main reason it is not good that his video clip is published in the Internet: he was cured after one month of treatment in Israel. Patients who see his video may think that everybody is cured after one month, and this is a mistake. Only 5% have such a miracle.
Mrs. Welker Veronica suffered from severe tinnitus. Her progress in the treatment was according to the timetable of the average patient.