Timothy C. Hain, MD • Page last modified: March 14, 2011
Meniere's disease is diagnosed from the combination of hearing loss, tinnitus, fullness, and episodic vertigo. Another very successful approach is to simply examine a time series of hearing tests, distributed over many years. When one sees the pattern of a fluctuating low-tone sensorineural hearing loss over years, there is almost no alternative. The following set of pages show examples of Meniere's diagnosed in this way.
Simply enough, these are simply computer generated plots that show each hearing test by itself, in a format easily comparable to other hearing tests. Because hearing tests may be done at many different places, institutions and providers, this database software has to be "provider" specific, rather than "audiometer based" (like NOAH), or "health system based", like EPIC.
We use time-series software at Chicago Dizziness and Hearing. We do not know of any other practice that does this.