The natural progression of Ménière’s Disease varies from person to person.
About 70% of patients gradually improve and their vertigo spells decrease
over time, with or without medical intervention. Some hearing loss may
remain, but the degree of loss ranges from mild to moderate. The other
30% of patients experience increasingly severe episodes of vertigo
and their hearing progressively worsens.
the origin of Ménière’s Disease is unknown, many treatment practices are
employed, including dietary, medical, local over-pressure, and surgical
methods. Essentially, the goal is to control or manage the symptoms to
an acceptable level and hope for an early remission of the disease, without
resorting to more aggressive treatments. This conservative approach seems
wise, given the potentially negative effects of current surgical treatments
for the disease. The chart at the right illustrates the range of treatment
options for Ménière’s Disease, from the most conservative to the most
For those patients whose symptoms continue to progress, unfortunately,
none of the current medical or surgical treatments improves hearing or
alters the natural degenerative course of the disease. While many patients
may experience remarkable improvements in their condition, Ménière’s Disease
remains in the body for life. Relapses and future hearing loss may occur
weeks, months, or years later.
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