Initial UK experience of patient satisfaction with the Meniett® device for Ménière's disease treatment

M A Buchanan, A Rai, P R Prinsley
Journal of Laryngology and Otology 2010, 124 (10): 1067-72

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate patient satisfaction and symptom improvement following treatment of Ménière's disease with the Meniett® device.

METHODS: Retrospective, questionnaire-based audit and analysis of unilateral Ménière's disease patients' records, following on from a previous study from our departments on intra-tympanic gentamicin for Ménière's disease, using the Vertigo Symptom Scale and Glasgow Benefit Inventory as outcome measures.

RESULTS: Of 33 consecutive patients treated with the Meniett® device for four to six weeks, 30 responded to the questionnaires (90.9 per cent). Respondents' mean Vertigo Symptom Scale score was 0.7 (range 0-2.1), and their mean Glasgow Benefit Inventory general subscale score was 24.1. Nineteen (63.3 per cent) patients felt that the device had alleviated their vertigo and tinnitus.

CONCLUSIONS: This is the first UK study of the effectiveness of the Meniett® device in treating Ménière's disease. It shows that the Meniett® device is a well tolerated, useful and minimally invasive means of treating Ménière's disease after medical treatment has failed, and before more potentially cochleo- and vestibulo-toxic therapies and invasive procedures are utilised.

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