Vertigo is the major, disabling symptom in Meniere’s disease, which is an unpredictable condition diagnosed in 45,000 Americans annually. Vertigo is the key symptom when recognizing this chronic problem. Although more is known about its pathophysiology and treatment than when it was first described 150 years ago, Meniere’s disease remains an idiopathic (of unknown origin) inner-ear disorder. Diagnosis and treatment is difficult, stymied by trial and error. Despite these challenges, prompt recognition by an audiologist coupled with appropriate treatment and education can make a positive difference in a patient’s hearing, balance, and quality of life.
The purpose of this Meniere’s disease continuing education module is to provide audiologists with information regarding what is known about Meniere’s disease, patient assessment, and patient care. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify the four main symptoms of early Meniere’s disease
- Identify the course of Meniere’s disease
- Describe management strategies for patients with Meniere’s disease
This course is intended for audiologists.
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Patty Haybach, MS, RN, is a healthcare writer/educator focusing on inner ear balance function and dysfunction. She is the author of Meniere’s Disease: What You Need to Know, a book for patients, and Inner Ear Balance and Dizziness Disorders. Ms. Haybach has no other relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.
Keila A.B. Knobel, PhD, AuD, is an audiologist who lives in Campinas, Brazil. Dr. Knobel has no relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose that related to this education activity.
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.