Possible New Answer to Dizziness and Balance in Meniere’s Disease
Vestibular Prosthesis To Help Restore Balance For Those With Meniere’s Disease
On June 18th 2013 Medical News Today published a press release about a new proposed treatment to restore balance in sufferers of Meniere’s Disease.
A doctor Christopher Phillips and his colleagues from the University of Washington in Seattle, are developing and testing a new vestibular prosthesis which delivers electrical stimulation to the fluid inside the semi-circular canals of the ear. In effect, the stimulation of the fluid makes the brain believe that the body is moving or swaying in a certain direction. This then causes a compensatory postural reflex to stabilize the posture thereby helping to restore balance.
In results so far, the conclusion is:
Overall the results illustrate that this type of prosthesis may eventually be a possible treatment for balance issues caused by Meniere’s disease. However, there are a large number of matters which would need resolving before it is ready for use. The lack of consistency in direction and magnitude of sway response would require further study to ensure that any prosthesis developed could give reliable results for different individuals.
Our view is that although this is not a cure or dealing with the original cause of Meniere’ Disease we hope it may be a significant breakthrough in “treatments” for the symptoms of vertigo and dizziness.
Lachlan Cameron from Wangaratta is running a 1500km ultra-marathon to raise Meniere’s awareness.
We found this article in the Herald Sun Adelaide. We wish Lachlan all the best……you can follow his run on his facebook page and give him a like by clicking on his link at the bottom of the page.
“But, fuelled by his love for his nan, nothing can break the stride of Wangaratta teenager Lachlan Cameron.
Lachlan, 18, flew out this week to embark on a solo 100-day run along the Rhine River in Europe, travelling with nothing but a rucksack and the clothes on his back, to raise awareness for Meniere’s disease.
The inner ear condition affects hearing and balance, causing unpredictable attacks of vertigo that last up to 24 hours.
Lachlan saw the disorder shatter his grandmother’s independence and decided to try to make a difference.
“She’s a really big part of my life and it’s so sad to see her crippled,” he said.
In between VCE studies, footy training and mentoring younger students, the quiet achiever planned his journey.
The normally shy teen stepped out of his comfort zone and started promoting his cause last year, and so far has raised $5000. He hopes to reach $50,000.
“I’m definitely nervous but also excited,” he said.
“It will certainly be a challenge.”
He is already planning another fundraiser for Meniere’s disease awareness by running the circumference of Tasmania.
Catherine Tinson, 82, who nominated Lachlan for a Pride of Australia award, said she was very proud of her grandson.
“He’s such a young fellow and it’s taken such initiative and perseverance to get this together all by himself,” Ms Tinson said.
“It’s difficult for the community to realise how much he has done.
“It’s a big undertaking but I’m sure he’ll do it like a champ.”