The disorder usually affects only one ear and is a common cause of hearing loss. Named after French physician Prosper Meniere who first described the syndrome in 1861. The symptoms of Meniere's are variable; not all sufferers experience the same symptoms. So called "classic Meniere's" is considered to comprise the following four symptoms:
Periodic episodes of rotary vertigo (abnormal sensation of movement) or dizziness.
Fluctuating, progressive, unilateral (one ear) or bilateral (both ears) hearing loss, often initially in lower frequency range.
Unilateral or bilateral tinnitus (perception of noises, often ringing, roaring, or whooshing), sometimes variable.
Sensation of fullness or pressure in one or both ears.
There is no cure for Meniere's disease. However, the symptoms of the disease are often controlled successfully by reducing the body's retention of fluids through dietary changes (such as a low-salt or salt-free diet and no caffeine or alcohol) or medication. Scientists are investigating environmental and biological factors that may cause Meniere's disease or induce an attack.
Famous People with Meniere's Disease
Aaron Reiser - artist.
Brian Evans - university administrator.
Chris Potter - saxophonist and band leader.
Dan Carlson - journalist.
Daniel Pancy - photographer.
Edeltraut L. Scheffler Plath - poet.
Elizabeth Anne Steward - community serviceperson and Meniere's Disease advocate.
Huey Lewis (Hugh Anthony Cregg III) - (Huey Lewis and the News) - Possible Meniere's disease - hueylewisandthenews.com
Jane Nichols - chancellor, University of Nevada.
Judy Carrow - disaster volunteer.
Kuriyama Hideki - newscaster, professional baseball player.
Kyle Walpole - climber.
Mandy Stefanczak - fitness competitor. Diagnosed at age 15.
Meg MacDonald - television journalist.
Nancy Freudenthal - First Lady of the State of Wyoming.
Patrick Flores - Archbishop of San Antonio.
Patty Spitler - broadcast journalist.
Peggy Goldwater - wife of Senator Barry Goldwater.
Randy Thurman - multitalented artist.
Ryan Adams - American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and poet.
Stan Gallimore - drummer.
Steven Barrie-Anthony - journalist.
Tim Conley - Professional golfer
Vincent Van Gogh
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