The Meniere's Chat Group is a free email peer support group whose members provide social support to each other and share information about Meniere's disease and other vestibular disorders. When a member sends a message, that message is automatically sent to all other members of the group. It is like a group of friends chatting to each other, discussing a subject of common interest.
Although not life-threatening, Meniere's disease is a distressing and variable long-term inner ear disorder. Symptoms include attacks of vertigo (often with nausea and vomiting), tinnitus, hearing loss (which may become permanent), and a blocked feeling in the affected ear.
We welcome as members those diagnosed with Meniere's or similar vestibular disorders, such as secondary endolymphatic hydrops, labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis, migraine associated vertigo, and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). We also welcome carers, and doctors & other health professionals interested in Meniere's or vertigo. Most of our members are from Australia or surrounding regions, although we do have a few from other countries.
The Meniere's Chat Group was established in 2001 by David Brigden. Currently he is co-administrator of the email group, together with Jeff Craike. David is a registered psychologist and a strong advocate of scientific method and evidence-based medicine. He has been a regular contributor, and consultant editor to Equilibrium, the quarterly newsletter of Meniere's Australia Inc.
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