How is the Meniett device used in the treatment of Ménière disease (idiopathic endolymphatic hydrops)?

Updated: May 07, 2020
  • Author: John C Li, MD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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One innovation in the treatment of Ménière disease is the Meniett device. [34, 35, 36, 37] Its use is not precisely a medical treatment, and the device itself does not require surgical installation. It does, however, require insertion of a tympanostomy tube so that the device can work; therefore, its use may qualify as a surgical treatment.

The Meniett device delivers pulses of pressure to the inner ear via the tympanostomy tube. Although no one knows exactly why this approach works, some patients have symptomatic relief when the device is used on a daily basis. Because it is relatively new, long-term results have not been fully evaluated.

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