7500Hz is a website that chronicles my life and experiences in living with Meniere’s Disease.
I was diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease (MD) in early 2007. My symptoms actually started in October 2006, but it took a while for me (and my doctors) to get a handle on what was happening to me.
In the beginning, I suffered from the most insidious of MD symptoms, but with research, education, medication and lifestyle / diet modification, I am now happy to say that I lead a mostly normal life.
What’s in a Name?
I have been able to eliminate the most debilitating symptom of MD: vertigo. What I’m left with, which is manageable, is the tinnitus (ringing in the ears). And while it is annoying, it is not debilitating.
It is hard to explain tinnitus to someone who doesn’t have it. I was trying to find a way to explain my tinnitus to others, and eventually I ended up at the American Tinnitus Association’s website. There they have some excellent examples of what tinnitus sounds like.
Tinnitus varies from patient to patient. What I hear might be very different from what another tinnitus sufferer might hear.
While using the ATA website, I came to the conclusion that my tinnitus sounds like a constant tone at 7500Hz. To get an idea of what I mean, try playing the sound sample below.
Click here for the 7500 Hz tone sound sample. This is what I hear all the time.
The interesting thing about this sound is that it so closely resembles my tinnitus, that if I plug my good ear and play the sound, I can’t hear it. It just sounds like what I hear all the time.
There is Hope
One of the most frustrating things about my experience with MD was the lack of practical information and the sense of hopelessness that came with the diagnosis.
Speak with your doctor before starting any new diet regimen.
One of the reasons I wanted to do this blog / website was to offer hope to MD sufferers. I am not a doctor, however, I would like to share some of the techniques I’ve used successfully to make my MD symptoms manageable. What worked for me may not be right for you. Always consult a medical professional before beginning any new course of treatment.
Where to Start
A good place to start would be the About Me page. It offers a good synopsis of my experience with MD. From there, you learn that I’ve had success in managing my symptoms through changes in my diet. Reading the Diet page will give a good overview of how I manage my symptoms through my choice of foods. Along the way, I provide links to web-based Resources that I found useful.