Help and Support for Hearing Loss

and other ear conditions such as tinnitus, Meniere’s disease and hyperacusis. Information on causes of hearing loss. Assistive devices for hearing impaired people.

Meniett Therapy Rapid City SD

This page provides relevant content and local businesses that can help with your search for information on Meniett Therapy. You will find informative articles about Meniett Therapy, including "Meniere�s Disease and Meniett Therapy". Below you will also find local businesses that may provide the products or services you are looking for. Please scroll down to find the local resources in Rapid City, SD that can help answer your questions about Meniett Therapy.

Robert Ferrell
(605) 342-3280
2820 Mount Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD
Specialty
Otolaryngology

Data Provided By:
Dale Eugene Gunderson
(605) 394-6761
504 E Monroe St
Rapid City, SD
Specialty
Otolaryngology

Data Provided By:
Regional Hearing Center
(605) 593-4731
640 Flormann St
Rapid City, SD
Services
Testing (all tests include history and otoscopy)Adult Hearing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation (standard hearing testing protocol):Pure tone Air and Bone Speech threshold scrimination Tympanograms Reflexese tone air o Central Auditory Processing Comprehensive Hearing evaluation Central Processing test batSpeech in noise comprehension testingHINT (Used by some government agencies)SPRINT (Military)Quick SAided thresholds
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Daniel P Franz
(605) 343-4050
3810 Jackson Blvd
Rapid City, SD
Specialty
Family Practice

Data Provided By:
Kathryn A Barrett
(605) 718-5566
740 Sheridan Lake Rd
Rapid City, SD
Specialty
General Practice, Family Practice

Data Provided By:
Gary Loy Carlson
(605) 719-6900
640 Flormann
Rapid City, SD
Specialty
Otolaryngology

Data Provided By:
Mountain Plains
(605) 593-4701
1522 Mount Rushmore Rd
Rapid City, SD
Hours
SundayClosed
Payment
Credit Cards,Cash,Check,Insurance

Virginia Lynn Frei
(605) 355-2282
3200 Canyon Lake Dr
Rapid City, SD
Specialty
Family Practice

Data Provided By:
Samuel W Huot
(605) 343-4050
3810 Jackson Blvd
Rapid City, SD
Specialty
Family Practice

Data Provided By:
Gary Lee Welsh, MD
(605) 342-3280
1105 Duffer Dr
Rapid City, SD
Specialties
General Practice
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1970

Data Provided By:
Data Provided By:

Meniere�s Disease and Meniett Therapy

Answers to Your Questions about Hearing Loss Issues  

  • Home
  • WebLog
November 15, 2007: 8:28 am: Dr. Neil Meniere's Disease

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...

Click here to read more from The Center for Hearing Loss Help