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DizzyDoc is a vestibular and balance expert in both diagnostics and treatment. The DizzyDoc received her Doctorate of Science in September 1998 from Boston University upon completion of her clinical and research doctoral program and dissertation entitled The multidisciplinary approach and its effect on the diagnosis and outcome of the dizzy patient.” She received her Bachelors of Science in Audiology from Emerson College in Boston. She completed her Au.D. (Doctor of Audiology) in 2006 at PCO School of Audiology (now Salus University).  DizzyDoc is currently forming a hearing and balance practice in Colorado and is a vestibular clinical and scientist consultant for Neuro Kinetics, Inc.  Prior to this she was the Clinical Director at Neuro Kinetics, Inc., an assistant professor at the PCO School of Audiology, in Elkins Park, PA; Manager of Clinical Research at Sound ID, in Palo Alto, CA; Chief of Audiology and Balance Center Director at the Hearing Institute for Children and Adults in San Jose, CA; and Diagnostic Audiology Director at California Ear Institute, Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and Stanford Hospital in Stanford, CA.  She makes her home in Colorado with the two youngest of her 4 children and her wonderful husband  (a cochlear implant Au.D. ).

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lisabethk

Thank you so much for your thoughts on this I really do think having it done was a waste of time and i do regret it I am gonna tell my husband what you wrote so he can see what I have been trying to tell him about getting another opinion. Ive been wanting one but he is insistant on having my dr stick with my case. Thanks once again

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As with any specialty there are good docs and bad docs, great ones and terrible ones.  The difficult part is finding the great ones.  Sometimes the great ones used to be great and currently should not be doing surgery any longer but won't give up the knife (have known those too).  There was a major study that showed that endolymphatic shunt surgery was equivalent to sham surgery.  In other words it didn't work better than doing a fake surgery. Other studies have shown that it works for a time but that the shunt seems to "clog" quickly.  The specialist to see for the definative medical and surgical approaches to meniere's is the neuro-otologist.  This specialist has had an additional fellowship beyond the otolaryngologist and can move forward with either vestibular nerve section or the gentiamicin injections since they are a skull base surgeon. This is where the good and bad part comes in... I have seen these specialists that are terrible.  The sectioning of the vestibular nerve requires a very delicate skull base surgical approach which if not monitored inter-operatively and done by an excellent surgeon, can cause damage to the facial nerve. Sometimes this happens anyhow in the best of hands, but in the worst of hands it happens most of the time if not all the time!  This would leave you with half your face not working!  Not knowing you case, I can't say why you were told you were not a candidate for Gent.  Seek another opinion. Ask the nurses and audiologists who are the good otologists and neuro-otologists--- they know and will tell you.  There is no need to continue to suffer.  Get your life back.

lisabethk

Hi I have had menieres for a while now and my doc gave me 2 options. I have allready been on several meds and been through one shunt surgery that didnt seem to help. He said I could have gentomycin injections . But when I first started seeing him he told me it was so severe thoe wouldnt help me when i brought them up to him ? the other option he gave me was to have a nerve section done by a neurosurgeon . 8th nerve I beleive he said. Now I have lost considerable hearing in my right ear with constant tinitus.and some days I need a cane to ambulate without falling over. He stopped me from driving , I can't work .
I am very very confused as to what to do.Any suggestions would be appreciated

lisa

JULIAN818

Thank you soo much for your time, and help, it means the world to me, I saw a doctor, and he told me i had a little fluid in my left ear,  i had some popping in it before the rining started, but it was the county hospital, im not saying there not good docotrs, they just have alot of patients, and not alot of time for each one, but im hopeful, and yes, i do need to do sumthing about my depression, its not easy going to school, and feeling horrible, and alone, again, thank you so much for your guidence and time.

DizzyDoc

Immediately call for an appointment with an otologist.  This is an ear nose and throat physician (otolaryngologist) that specializes in just the ear. If you live near or in a large city there will be several, if not, an ENT(ear not throat/otolaryngologist) is fine.  Tell them it is sudden onset just two weeks ago.  If there is any other symptom such as hearing loss, dizziness, blocked feeling, etc.  let them know as well.  If this started with a loud sound exposure, gun fire, fireworks, music concert/bar/MP3 player etc, or change in medication or new medication also let them know. If it was associated with a loud noise you have only about 10 days to 14 days on average (with some wiggle room) to get treatment with medications from the physician that may or may not help the tinnitus.  If you get no relief, or can not get in for an appointment quickly, or the MD says you just have to live with it.... then seek out a qualified Doctor of Audiology.  One that is trained in the evaluation and treatment of tinnitus with the new FDA approved device Neuromonics, and with Tinnitus Retraining Therapy.  Both are proven effective in research trials you can read on PubMed.  Anything else, many are not yet proven, but some new items are being investigated and showing promise.  Most of all do not ignore the depression.  Many with tinnitus grow very depressed from it.  This dissappears as you get rid of the tinnitus, but as you seek treatment for the tinnitus, which can be lengthy make sure you seek treatment for your depression immediately.

JULIAN818

HELLO.. DIZZY DOCTOR... I HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FROM A RINGING IN MY EARS GOING ON TWO WEEKS... AND IVE ITS BEEN DRIVING ME CRAZY ... I NEED HELP =(...I THINK IT MIGHT BE TINNITUS...IM VERY GLADE THAT I FOUND YOUR PROFILE.... I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO.. =(  I WAS WONDERING IF MAYBE YOU CAN HELP.. IM VERY DEPRESSED...

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