Long-term effects of Ménière's disease on hearing and quality of life

Am J Otol. 1997 Jan;18(1):67-73.


Objective: To evaluate long-term hearing results and quality of life in patients with Ménière's disease.

Study design: Detailed audiometric evaluation and disease-specific as well as global health quality evaluation of patients with Ménière's disease.

Setting: Ambulatory evaluation was conducted in a large multispecialty clinic.

Patients: Ménière's disease in only one ear, were at least 1 year posttreatment, were < 65 years of age, had no neurologic or psychologic disorders, and lived within driving distance of the ambulatory clinic.

Main outcome measures: Audiometry, the Hearing Handicap Inventory, Dizziness Handicap Inventory, Tinnitus Handicap Inventory, and SF-36 Health Survey.

Results: No statistically significant differences in long-term hearing results were detected from natural history in medically or surgically treated patients with Ménière's disease. A significant disease-specific symptom handicap was detected. The global health handicap was greater for emotional disability than for physical disability.

Conclusions: Medical and surgical treatment does not significantly influence hearing results in Ménière's disease. Patients with Ménière's disease have a greater emotional disability than a physical disability.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Audiometry, Pure-Tone
  • Diet
  • Female
  • Health Status
  • Hearing Disorders / diagnosis
  • Hearing Disorders / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Meniere Disease / complications*
  • Meniere Disease / surgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life*