Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2.5 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

the Forums & Piano World

This Search is powered by Google
Sanderson Accu-Tuner
Piano Life Saver - Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Grotrian Concert
for Pianoteq out now
Piano Buyer Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Buyers Guide
Who's Online
110 registered (asb37, AndyE, alwatson, accordeur, 36251, 27 invisible), 2321 Guests and 6 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Estonia Pianos
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#958506 - 04/07/06 10:31 PM Ménière's Disease
WKS70 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 03/04/03
Posts: 186
Loc: GA
I was recently diagnosed as having Ménière's disease in both ears. So far, I have difficulties hearing very high pitches in one ear, and very low pitches in another ear. My ENT specialist is going to do hearing tests every six months in order to monitor the situation, and they put me on a diuretic to reduce fluids. Apparently, it isn't something that can be cured, just treating symptoms.

Except for when I actually have the attacks, I don't notice a problem. However, I am concerned about the possibility of hearing loss over time. Do any other musicians/teachers out there have this problem, and if so, how have you dealt with it?

Piano & Music Accessories
piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#958507 - 04/08/06 02:58 PM Re: Ménière's Disease
Gyro Offline
4000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/24/05
Posts: 4534
About 20 yrs. ago, out of the blue, I had
a violent meniere's attack when I got
up in the morning. The room was spinning
and I could not even stand--I eventually
crawled out of bed, used the wall to
pull myself into a standing
position, and eventually made it to work
that day. I had never had anything like that
before, and it was frightening; I had no
idea what had happened.

In spite of it, I went on with my life
as usual for a couple of months, plagued
by continual attacks, although none
as violent as the initial one--I had
learned to shift my body enough to
offset the vertigo to a large extent.
Curiously, I didn't go to the doctor
until a couple of months later, when
a particularly severe attack forced me
to finally go to a hospital emergency
room late at night. The emergency room
doctor was rather vague about the cause,
giving me some anti-vertigo medicine
(the impression was that he had
seen so many cases before that from
sheer tedium he was unwilling to
go into the standard explanation of it),
and the doctor I saw in a follow-up
appointment was not much more helpful,
saying something about inner ear infection.

This condition plagued me for about 15 yrs.
after that initial attack. I learned to
shift my body to offset the vertigo and
avoid positions that seemed to aggravate
the condition. Today it has disappeared
except for very infrequent episodes
which are insignificant--I've learned
how to hold myself so that I offset the

Since the doctors were so vague about the
condition, I had to essentially cure myself.
What I concluded is that it is caused by
a combination of an inner ear infection,
and a defect in posture, or skeletal
misalignment, which causes a nerve or
blood vessel to be pinched off. The
curious thing is that an inner ear infection
alone is not going to cause it--in our
germ-ridden modern society we are
constantly being infected by germs
which make it into our ear (thus, I
believe that everyone has a low-grade
inner ear infection almost constantly).
What is apparently needed to trigger it is
a skeletal misalignment that causes a nerve or
blood vessel, connected in some way to
the ear, to be pinched in some unusual
way such that the combination of
infection and nerve or blood vessel
trauma causes the condition. The
areas of the body that contain the
nerves or blood vessels related to this
seem to be around the eyes (watchmakers
seem to be especially susceptible to
the condition), where the jawbone attaches
to the skull (there is a mass of nerves
at this junction that can be chafed by
misalignment of the jaw caused by
tooth imperfections, especially from bad
orthodontic or dental work), and in
the spine from about the center point of
it to where it attaches to the skull
(when we're young and supple, we can get
away with all kinds of spinal twists, but
as we get older we are no longer as flexible
and spinal misalignments become more telling).

Thus, the cure involves mainly how you
hold yourself (since inner ear infection
seems to be something that is always
there to some extent). I've found that
I need to hold myself so that there
is no "kinking" in the spine from the
center of it on up to the head, where
the nerves in the jaw joint and around
the eyes also come into play as sensitive
areas. So: upper spine, jaw joint, and eyes,
are areas that you need to be watchful
of. Hold yourself so that there are
no "kinks" in these critical areas.

#958508 - 04/08/06 04:10 PM Re: Ménière's Disease
markb Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 10/29/04
Posts: 2593
Loc: Maryland
You can get more information about Meniere's Disease from the American Tinnitus Association .
markb--The Count of Casio


Moderator:  Ken Knapp 
Pierce Piano Atlas

A. Geyer Pianos
A. Geyer Pianos
Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restorations and sales
Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
Piano Acc. & Gift Items in
Piano World's Online Store
In PianoSupplies.com ,(a division of Piano World) our online store for piano and music gifts and accessories, party goods, tuning equipment, piano moving equipment, benches, lamps Caster Cups and more.

Free Shipping on Jansen Artist Piano Benches
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Anyone aware of this? GEWA piano?.....
by EssBrace
Today at 05:55 PM
Help With Sheet Music Please
by Sarahdavis121
Today at 05:23 PM
Lang Lang in 3D
by Damon
Today at 04:45 PM
How do you play this arpeggio?
by Jiatu
Today at 04:11 PM
Yamaha CLP 535 vs Kawai CN37
by true_Nic
Today at 02:22 PM
Sheet Music Plus
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Forum Stats
86,795 Registered Members
44 Forums
178,715 Topics
2,601,813 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |

copyright 1997 - 2017 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission