New research may benefit Medical Mailbox readers and their loved ones coping with Ménière’s disease.
Two studies published in November 2008 offer hope to people who experience balance and hearing loss related to Ménière’s disease. Researchers in Valencia, Spain, report that the number of debilitating episodes tends to decrease as time goes by. When they don’t, Dr. Stephen Wetmore of West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown found that surgery to drain fluid from the inner ear’s endolymphatic sac improved the problem in 77 percent of 51 cases. A second sac surgery was beneficial in 65 percent of 14 people who experienced recurrent symptoms five months or longer after the original procedure.