With all the trouble that I had with my ears while I was growing up the idea of having tubes put in my ears was never considered. I’m not sure but when I was a kid (a long time ago) I don’t think that was done as much as it is today. And with all the ENTs that I have seen since I was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease no one ever mentioned putting tubes in my ear as a remedy for this disorder. But apparently it is used for Meniere’s disease. I received an email from a facebook friend who happens to have Meniere’s and she has had the procedure done.
Here is an excerpt from Lita’s email…
I am in my 4th year of Meniere's and have experienced all the same frustrations as most patients with the roller coaster of symptoms and their severity. Back in Sept. 2010 I started having another period of vertigo (attacks come in clusters for me). The symptoms differed a little this time so I called the ENT. While there I had my usual checklist of questions/concerns. I casually asked about getting tubes in my ears and my dr. asked me if I'd like to try it (just one ear). He said it's a very easy, non-invasive procedure. I signed a form and within 5 minutes had a tube. (It's not a surgery like it is for children.) I have found relief with the ear tube. My tinnitus still exists, but I have had no vertigo and very few symptoms since the tube was placed. One of my really big frustrations about this is that it took me asking about tubes for him to even offer. If it's so non-invasive, why wasn't I asked from the beginning if I'd like to try it? I have no medical background or knowledge, I'm just like everyone else who scours the internet trying to find answers. Don't get me wrong, this is my 4th doctor and I really like this guy. He used to work with the doctor at the University of Washingon who is now performing the implants (Rubenstein? - I have forgotten his name) to improve balance. Anyway, I just wanted to pass along that I tried tubes and have, for now (knock on wood) found some relief.
Thanks Lita for providing me with this information it is really interesting
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