Is Meniett Therapy Right for You?

Meniett® therapy helps nearly two-thirds of patients who try it, but it may or may not work for your Ménière's disease. There are many stages and variations of Ménière's disease. Your doctor has to evaluate your condition to make sure you get the therapy that’s right for you.

Menieres Disease Progression

To manage Ménière’s disease symptoms, doctors usually prescribe treatments in order of lower risk to higher risk.

There’s no cure for Ménière’s disease and no one knows what causes it. Doctors usually try several treatment methods to control your symptoms. Less risky treatments are usually tried first. These include dietary changes, medical therapy with certain drugs, and Meniett therapy. Other treatments are more invasive or destructive to the ear.

If dietary changes and medication don’t relieve your symptoms, your doctor may prescribe Meniett therapy. The American Academy of Otolaryngology states that this type of therapy should be used as a treatment option for certain cases of Ménière's disease, especially when medical treatment hasn’t worked.1

If Meniett therapy doesn’t help you, you can still try surgery for your symptoms. However, once you have surgery, Meniett therapy is usually no longer an option. This is because most surgical treatments destroy some or all of the inner ear.

Only you and your doctor can decide which treatment is best for your Ménière's disease. Some other disorders have the same or similar symptoms, but Meniett device therapy is used only in definite cases of Ménière's disease. It is best indicated for Ménière’s patients who have substantial dizziness or vertigo that is uncontrolled by diet or medication.

Patients who aren’t candidates for Meniett therapy include those with:

  • Perilymph fistula (an abnormal opening in the fluid-filled inner ear)
  • Retrocochlear damage (damage to the auditory nerve), acoustic neuroma (a benign tumour on the auditory nerve), or a brain tumour
  • Low-pressure hydrocephalus (increased level of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain)


  1. American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) Committee on Equilibrium policy statement. AAO-HNS position on micropressure therapy. Released March 2008.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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