Meniere's Disease Statistics

Meniere's Disease: Men vs. Women

Men and women have the same probability of suffering from Meniere's disease. The typical age range: 20–50 years. About 15 people per 100000 will start to suffer from Meniere's disease every year. One third will have a chronic course of Meniere's Disease.

The effect of the severity of symptoms

Sufferers of Meniere's disease have more symptoms than patients who have only tinnitus, only vertigo or only other types of dizziness.

In spite of that the probability of cure with the Metabolic Approach is higher than that of curing tinnitus, vertigo or sufferers of other types of dizziness.

Hadassah University Hospital

In the out-patient clinic of "Hadassah University Hospital", 70% of the patients who came for tinnitus treatment reported of dramatic improvement in their medical condition after one year of treatment.

hadassahMeniere's patients had a better statistics: shorter duration until a significant improvement and a big positive change in their quality of life after one year of treatment (see Dr. Arie Yagoda video).

Those patients that continued more than one year reported of much better results.

Mr. Cohen Yaakov suffered from extreme attacks of vertigo, several times per day (see his video-clip). Today he is free of these attacks for 3 years.

Sleep Disorders

The probability of suffering from sleep disorders was reported in tinnitus patients. Analysis of data from a sleep laboratory showed that 76% of the tinnitus patients had insomnia. The analysis did not distinguish between sufferers of Meniere's disease and those who had tinnitus without vertigo or fullness in the ears.

Vertigo, Dizziness and Meniere's

Vertigo is considered the second cause of admission to emergency room in the Israeli Hospitals.

The statistics does not classify the patients to meniere's disease sufferers and patients who complain of vertigo due to other causes.


The total number of Americans who are registered in out patient clinics as sufferers from various balance disorders is 90 million.

It includes complaints of vertigo, dizziness or other balance problems.


As in Israel, it is the second most common complaint of patients. It is estimated to occur in 70% of the population who have normal life (for example: Astronauts have high risk to damage their vestibular system).

Older Population

About 20% of Americans in ages 65-75 years have a balance disorder, and 25% have it by age 75.

Balance disorders are considered the number one health symptom in patients at age 70 or more.

Peripheral causes

bppvPeripheral causes of vestibular disorder are in 75% of the sufferers.

The most common peripheral vestibular disorder is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, followed by uncompensated Ménière disease, vestibular neuritis, labyrinthitis, perilymphatic fistula, and acoustic neuroma.

Central vestibular causes

Central vestibular causes of vestibular disorder are in 25% of the sufferers.

The most common central causes of dizziness and vertigo are cerebrovascular disorders, cerebellar disease, migraine, multiple sclerosis, tumors of the posterior fossa, neurodegenerative disorders, side effects of medications, and psychological disorders.


Children, most probably, are affected more than adults, and this may inhibit normal childhood activities. The most common cause of childhood vertigo is benign paroxysmal vertigo of the child.

Head trauma

Mild to severe head trauma (car crush, sport, accidents at work in young people and falls in the elderly) is a leading risk factor for dizziness with 2 million new cases of traumatic brain injury every year.

Sad statistics

A sad statistics is that less than 10% of patients with balance and vestibular disorders were examined by a specialist (audiologist, otologist, ear nose and throat specialist or neurologist). It is estimated that more than 70% of the sufferers are evaluated and treated only by their primary care physicians.

Disability in sufferers of Meniere's Disease

According to the American law (SSA definition) if an individual is working and earning more than $1,010 a month as an employee he can not be considered is disqualified and receiving Social Security disability benefits.

The medical criteria for Meniere's disease Disability are listed under the category of impairments known as the Special Senses and Speech – Medical Listing. The criteria include: inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity.

For example: if one has a diagnosis of disturbance of labyrinth-vestibular function (including Meniere's disease), characterized by a history of frequent attacks of balance disturbance, tinnitus, and progressive loss of hearing and both of the following, a finding of disabled under the Social Security Act is warranted:

(1) Objective tests that shows impairement function of vestibular labyrinth demonstrated by caloric or other vestibular tests such as VNG or ENG.

(2) Hearing impairement established by audiometry.

Many Meniere's patients are having disability, but continue to maintain normal life. Only few of them discontinue to work. I could not find good statistical analysis of this parameter.







































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