Meniere‘s disease 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.
Advanced level; Professional area Level
0.10 ASHA CEUs
Approved for 1.00 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hours.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Definition, Pathophysiology, Symptoms, and Treatment
Symptoms of the Disease
Additional Testing for Diagnosis and Assessment
Tinnitus and Hearing Management
Inventories and Scales
Safety and Security
Section 3: Clinical Vignette
Section 4: Conclusion
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. Disclosure: P. J. Haybach, RN, MS has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Expert Reviewer: Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L
Laurel Koss MS, OTR/L, attended the University of Pittsburgh and completed her Occupational Therapy degree from Duquesne University. With over 21 years in clinical occupational therapy settings, Laurel has experience in skilled nursing facilities, outpatient orthopedic and neurology, long term care, rehab, and acute care. She also has extensive training and experience in upper extremity amputee care, orthotics and prosthetics, and research and development. Laurel has been an adjunct professor for Saint Petersburg College and Nova Southeastern University, Tampa campus and is currently the lead occupational therapy writer for the Rehab team with Relias. Disclosure: Laurel Koss, MS, OTR/L has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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