Meniett Therapy Missoula MT
Our expert staff of AudigyCertified™ professionals provide services to those from newborn to over a hundred years old. These include basic behavioral tests and sophisticated computerized otoneurological evaluations. When appropriate, the latest digital hearing instruments may be utilized to help compensate for a hearing impairment. For individuals who work in high noise areas, we administer Hearing Conservation Programs in accordance to OSHA guidelines.
SundayClosed ,Monday09:00 AM - 05:00 AM ,Tuesday09:00 PM - 05:00 AM ,Wednesday09:00 PM - 05:00 AM ,Thursday09:00 PM - 05:00 AM ,Friday09:00 PM - 05:00 AM ,SaturdayClosed
Head & Neck ServicesNose & Sinus ServicesEar ServicesPediatricsAllergyAudiology & Hearing
Tuesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Wednesday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,Thursday08:30 AM - 04:00 PM ,FridayClosed
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1970
Meniere�s Disease and Meniett Therapy
Answers to Your Questions about Hearing Loss Issues
Meniere’s Disease and Meniett Therapy
by Neil Bauman, Ph.D.
Meniere’s Disease is actually a syndrome (collection of symptoms) including a fluctuating hearing loss, vertigo, tinnitus and a feeling of fullness or pressure in the affected ear. Meniere’s Disease affects in excess of 2.6 million people in North America and Europe. For most people with Meniere’s, the vertigo is the most debilitating aspect of the disease.
Meniere’s Disease is thought to be caused by excessive fluid (called endolymph) in the inner ear. (The fancy name for this is endolymphatic hydrops.) Therefore, typical treatments have focused on things to reduce fluid retention in the body such as a very low sodium diet, eliminating or greatly reducing both caffeine and alcohol consumption and typically also taking a diuretic (water pill).
If these measures don’t work, then doctors have a number of other things they can try, but all of them can have nasty side effects and may not work. Some of these include intratympanic corticosteroids (injecting steroids through the eardrum), endolymphatic sac shunt (invasive and not found to be very effective) and intratympanic Gentamicin (injecting Gentamicin through the ear drum which can result in hearing loss while controlling the balance problems). If all else fails, doctors may cut the vestibular nerve to totally destroy balance on the one side (vestibular nerve section) or surgically remove the whole balance system on one side (labyrinthectomy). These are rather drastic measures and leave the person with a weakened balance system as the other ear’s balance system has to do all the work.
In recent years, there has been another treatment that has proven to cut the frequency and severity of Meniere’s attacks way down, yet is only minimally invasive (tube in eardrum) and has not shown other negative side effects. This is called Meniett Therapy.
With Meniett Therapy, the person first has a tube placed in the eardrum on the affected side. Then, 3 times a day for 5 minutes at a time, the person uses the Meniett device (a digitally- controlled, pager-sized low-pressure pulse generator) to deliver low-pressure pulses to the middle ear via a clear plastic tube with a special ear tip that you put in your ear. These low- pressure pulses act on the round window membrane. Doctors believe that the energy of the low-pressure pulses displaces the perilymph (the other inner ear fluid), which in turn stimulates the flow of the endolymph, and results in a reduction of the endolymphatic fluid, thus relieving the symptoms of Meniere’s Disease.
If you have Meniere’s Disease and are having problems keeping the attacks under control, you might want to investigate whether Meniett Therapy will help you. The doctor best able to help you is...
Missoula Adult Asperger Support Group
Dates: 11/24/2011 – 11/24/2111
1st United Methodist Church Missoula
300 E. Main St
We are a support group for adults 18 and older professionally or self- diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. (So far, most of us are 50 and older and recently diagnosed.) We seek understanding of the nature of our difficulties and seek and offer strategies for making our lives richer and more functional. If you think you may be an Aspie and want to learn more about the Syndrome, you are welcome to join us. We will make exceptions to the age restriction on a case-by-case basis. There is no charge to attend, but donations to cover minimal costs are accepted. On the 5th Thursdays of a month (5 times a year) we invite spouses, relatives and friends to join us. Check with us for exceptions to this during this holiday season.