Navigating Vestibular Symptoms

By Monique Hammond / June 16, 2022 / Comments Off on Navigating Vestibular Symptoms

I woke up and knew at once that this would be an inner-ear “off day.” I would need all my self-help tactics for navigating unwelcome vestibular symptoms. My left ear – my problem ear – felt totally stuffed up. The tinnitus was in uproar – much louder than usual with very high-pitched, rapid-fire morse-code dits.…

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Wavy Pattren

Might that Persistent Dizziness be PPPD?

By Monique Hammond / September 16, 2021 / Comments Off on Might that Persistent Dizziness be PPPD?

Dizzy and unsteady? Check it out! Dizziness is a symptom with numerous and diverse causes. It is not normal and must be checked out, the sooner the better. Untangling the complexities of “dizziness” is a serious diagnostic challenge for doctors.  Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD) is only one of the reasons why people may suffer from chronic, on-and-off…

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Ebselen as a ray of hope

Ebselen: A Ray of Hope for the World of Hearing Loss?

By Monique Hammond / July 6, 2021 / Comments Off on Ebselen: A Ray of Hope for the World of Hearing Loss?

Phase 3 drug trial – a cause for optimism? Every time that I read about a new drug going into clinical trials for the treatment of tinnitus or hearing loss, I tend to do a contained, internal Happy Dance.  Recently, I read that the FDA has allowed Sound Pharmaceuticals to proceed with a Phase 3 (human) trial…

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Sudden Hearing Loss

Sudden Hearing Loss is a Medical Emergency

By Monique Hammond / April 28, 2021 / Comments Off on Sudden Hearing Loss is a Medical Emergency

Fast, noticeable losses For me, a sudden left-sided deafness became a scary and life-altering event. The longer name for this condition is Sudden SensoriNeural Hearing Loss (SSNHL). “Sensori” refers to  damage to the inner-ear cochlear hearing cells and “neural” refers to damage to the hearing nerve. Although both ears may be involved, in most cases…

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Silent Vestibular Migraine

Silent Vestibular Migraine

By Monique Hammond / April 10, 2021 / Comments Off on Silent Vestibular Migraine

How can a migraine be silent?  That is a good question without a clear answer. However, there are those who have suffered from migraine episodes for years without knowing it. Why? Because not all migraines lead to pulsating and debilitating headaches. They are said to be “silent.” Yet, people may have periods of head discomfort…

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Biometric Pressure and BPPV

Barometric Pressure and BPPV

By Monique Hammond / March 12, 2021 / Comments Off on Barometric Pressure and BPPV

Challenging the balance system Weather happens. Seasons change. Storms of all kinds bear down on us. And with that, the barometric pressure yoyos up and down.  This can make life pretty miserable for those with inner-ear vestibular disorders and damage. The vestibular system is located in the inner ear and is part of the body’s…

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Ear related nausea and vomitting

Ear-related Nausea and Vomiting

By Monique Hammond / February 9, 2021 / Comments Off on Ear-related Nausea and Vomiting

Been there! Do not delay seeking help Vertigo! The world begins to look like the above picture. Dizziness, spinning or whirling sensations related to  inner ear problems tend to happen suddenly. They can range from mild to incapacitating. Hearing changes,  hearing loss, ear fullness, tinnitus or buzzing in the ears and stability and balance problems…

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