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Restoring Balance and Hearing Impacted by Ménière's Disease

The recent news revealing musician Huey Lewis’s struggles with Ménière’s disease has shined a spotlight on the neurological disorder. The symptoms, which include unpredictable bouts of dizziness, hearing loss and ringing in the ears, may get progressively worse over time and can greatly interfere with work, driving and daily activities.

60-year-old Nancy Jackson, of Aurora, Ill., first experienced the symptoms of Ménière’s disease about eight years ago. Initially, the incidents would only happen a few times a year, but the vertigo was extreme and accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

“It would knock me out for the whole day,” said Jackson.  “The room would spin and the only way to stop it was to close my eyes and lie down.”

At first she attributed the symptoms to allergies, but as they became more frequent, sometimes happening almost every day, she sought out medical advice.

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