When you live with a complicated illness like Meniere’s disease, it’s important to try to improve your quality of life in an many ways as you possibly can. Of course, medication, surgery, lifestyle changes, and many other treatment modalities play a significant role. But sometimes, just having the right product at the right time, can make all the difference in the world.
A few weeks ago, I asked you all to tell me about the products, tools, and supplements that help you to live a better life with Meniere’s disease. I received a ton of great suggestions, including some fantastic ideas that would never have crossed my mind.
Today, I’m proud to present the Ultimate List of Helpful Meniere’s Disease Products: an organized, community-sourced list of products, tools, and supplements to help you improve your quality of life with Meniere’s disease.
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I will be updating this list on a regular basis, so be sure to bookmark this post and check back in for new product recommendations.
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Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or a medical professional, nor am I advocating for any treatment on this list. This list is for informational purposes only. ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE ATTEMPTING ANY TREATMENT OR TAKING ANY SUPPLEMENT OR DRUG. Click here to read the full disclaimer.
Eargasm High Fidelity Earplugs: (Use offer code mindover to save 10%!) If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I’m a huge fan of high-fidelity earplugs. Unlike regular foam earplugs, high fidelity earplugs lower the decibel volume of sound without distorting or muffling the quality. They work incredibly well for concerts, parties, or any other loud environment where you actually want to be able to hear what’s going on, or carry on conversations. There are other quality brands, but Eargasm has been my preference for a while now.
Customizable Medical ID Bracelet: Multiple people recommended this. A medical ID bracelet is designed to display important health information on your wrist so caregivers will know what is wrong with you in an emergency. There are other way’s to store this information, but medical ID bracelets are a great thing to wear if you’re experiencing frequent attacks.
Sound Therapy Machines: Most Meniere’s disease sufferers know that background noise can help us cope by masking the sounds of tinnitus. Sound therapy machines are a great way to accomplish this. All of the following products play a variety of soothing nature sounds to help you mask the sound of your tinnitus.
- HoMedics Sound Spa Relaxation Machine
- Wave Premium Sleep Therapy Sound Machine
- Pictek White Noise Machine – 24 Soothing Sleep Therapy Sound Machine
Bluetooth speaker: Many people said that they use a bluetooth speaker, rather than a sound therapy machine, to mask the sound of their tinnitus. It’s a great solution, because with a bluetooth speaker, you can play sounds from any one of the massive list of sound therapy apps. Plus you have the added benefit of using it to listen to music, podcasts, and audiobooks!
- Fugoo Style Bluetooth speaker – This is the what I use. It’s water proof, sounds great, and has a 40 hour battery life.
- Bose Soundlink Mini 2
- UE Boom 2
Earplugs: Many people with Meniere’s disease experience varying levels of sound sensitivity, so having a great set of earplugs on hand just makes sense. I sleep with earplugs in every single night. Apparently many of you do as well!
- Mack’s Snore Blocker Foam Earplugs – My current favorite brand of earplugs
- Mack’s Pillow Soft Silicone Earplugs – Close second place
- Mack’s Ultra Soft Foam Earplugs
- 3M E-A-Rsoft FX Bell Shaped Earplugs
- Howard Leight Earplugs by Honeywell
Shower Bench with Arms and Back: Several people suggested this product, and I’m glad they did, because if you’re having frequent or random vertigo attacks, having a shower chair is a must! If vertigo were to strike in the shower, you could seriously injure yourself. This shower bench has arms and a back for added stability.
Seat Cane: I would never have thought of this, but it’s a amazing idea! It’s basically a cane that transforms into a seat. So it helps with balance and gives you a place to sit down and rest when needed. It was suggested that it can help to avoid any rocking sensations while waiting in line.
- Drive Medical Deluxe Folding Cane Seat, Black
- Drive Medical Folding Lightweight Adjustable Height Cane Seat
- Switch Sticks Walking Stick With Seat, 2-in-1 Folding Walking Stick Seat, Bubbles
Cane with Adjustable Height: Many people suggested walking with a cane on difficult days, when your balance is not good.
Amazon Echo: Another fantastic product idea submitted by one of my readers. The Amazon Echo line of devices are basically bluetooth speakers of varying sizes that are controlled entirely by your voice. So for example, if you’re having an attack or lying in bed, you can say “Alexa, play relaxing music” from across the room, and viola! And that’s just one example, there are literally thousands of commands you can issue to an Alexa device, many of which are super helpful for someone with Meniere’s Disease.
Headband: This is another fantastic idea that was submitted by several people, and it’s something I would have never considered. But buying a headband to quiet down loud wind noise is a really clever life hack for anyone living with Meniere’s disease.
Sunglasses: Visual sensory overload is a big trigger for many Meniere’s Disease patients. Bright fluorescent lights, grocery shipping isles, and complicated pattern can all trigger your symptoms. Luckily, having a pair of sunglasses for a variety of situations can help quite a bit.
- Dark Sunglasses – Dark polarized lenses are a must for anyone triggered by visual overload
- Blue Light Blocking Sunglasses – Excellent for improving sleep, and reducing computer/tablet/phone glare and eye strain
- Sunglasses with anti-reflective coating – Good for reducing glare at night
Meniett Device/Meniett Therapy: Meniett therapy involves a medical device that pushes small pulses of air into the ear canal. The effectiveness varies from person to person, and while some people do find it helpful, there is little evidence behind its efficacy. Depending on what other treatments you’ve tried, it might be worth exploring.
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones: Noise cancelling headphones are wonderful for a variety of reasons. By blocking outside noise, they enable you to listen to music at lower volume levels, thereby helping to prevent further hearing loss. They can also help to reduce sound sensitivity in loud environments like airplanes. And of all the available noise cancelling headphones on the market, Bose makes the absolute best that money can buy.
SleepPhones: SleepPhones are headphones that are designed to be worn to sleep. For someone with Meniere’s disease or tinnitus, this can be a great thing. Several people recommended SleepPhones for tinnitus sound masking at night, and I’ll add that they also work really well with the Meniere’s Relief Project Audio Program (see below)!
Meniere’s Relief Project Audio Program: My collection of brainwave entrainment audio tracks, each designed to help relieve a different symptom of Meniere’s disease: Vertigo, Brain Fog, Fatigue, Sleep Deprivation, Anxiety, and Stress.
Hundreds of people use this on a daily basis to help them better cope with Meniere’s disease. And it’s available with Pay-What-You-Want Pricing!
Wet Wipes: This is another simple product suggestion, but something that everyone should keep on hand. Wet wipes are an easy way to clean yourself up if you have an attack away from home.
Dimmer Light Switch: I never would have thought of this, but it’s such a great idea. Having dimmer light switches can be extremely helpful during attacks, especially so if your stuck in bathroom, so you can turn the lights down. Who wants to be in a shiny tiled room with bright overhead lights when you’re spinning and nauseas?
- Lutron Plug-In Lamp Dimmer – This simple product lets you add a dimmer switch to any desk or floor lamp (requires a specific type of light bulb)
CBD Oil: CBD is one of 113 different cannabinoids found in the marijuana plant. It’s non-psychoactive, meaning you will not get high from consuming it, yet it’s believed to be responsible for many of the medicinal effects of cannabis. Studies have shown CBD to have a wide variety of medicinal properties, from anti-inflammatory to anti-anxiety and anti-nausea. It’s also neuroprotective, has pain-killing properties, and can help to lower blood pressure, amongst many other benefits.
I only recently discovered CBD, but it has quickly become one of my all-time favorite supplements. It’s more effective at treating stress and anxiety than anything else I’ve ever tried, and as a result, my tinnitus seems quieter and my Meniere’s symptoms have improved.
- CWHemp – Makers of Charlotte’s Webb – One of the few hemp oils I use regularly. The Every Day Plus mint chocolate flavor is what works best for me.
- If you sign up here you can get $5 off your first purchase.
- Bluebird Botanicals
- NuLeaf Naturals
- Green Mountain CBD
- Receptra Naturals
- Europe: CannaWell, Endoca
- Australia: Drhemp (CWHEMP), HempNeeds
- Canada: Available through the Medical Marijuana System
Arches Tinnitus Formula: An herbal supplement comprised of ingredients believed to help with tinnitus. Includes ingredients such as Ginko Biloba Extract, garlic, and Zinc. According to the company, you need to take this for 8-12 weeks to see results, though after looking through the reviews, your mileage may vary. Though several people recommended this product, claiming it helped to clam their tinnitus.
Lipo-Flavonoid Plus Supplement: Lipo-Flavinoid is a well known, over the counter supplement containing many vitamins, herbs, and compounds like lemon bioflavonoids, which are believed to improve inner ear function and blood flow. Some people find it helpful in reducing tinnitus and calming Meniere’s symptoms.
Lemon Bioflavonoids: Lemon Bioflavonoids are a well known antioxidant, and believed to be helpful in improving inner ear function and blood flow. Many people know of this product because it is a component of the John of Ohio Meniere’s Disease supplement regimen.
Magnesium Supplements: Magnesium is such an important mineral that plays so many different roles in the body, but most people are deficient, and not all forms of magnesium are created equal. Several people suggested magnesium products as a way to help better manage stress and improve sleep. The following forms of magnesium are easily absorbed by the body.
- Solaray Magnesium Glycinate – this is what I take
- Source Naturals Magnesium Malate
- Life Extension Magnesium L-threonate
- Doctor’s Best Chelated Magnesium
Ginkgo Biloba: Ginko Biloba supplements act as a sort of blood thinner and are believed to enhance cerebral and vestibular blood flow by decreasing blood viscosity. Some people claim that it’s helpful with tinnitus and Meniere’s symptoms. Just talk to your doctor first as it’s counter indicated with several medications.
Vitamin B Complex: B vitamins play a role in nervous system function, brain function, and blood cell formation. B12, for example, has long been recognized for its stimulating properties, especially for people who have a B vitamin deficiency. B vitamins also plays a factor in the production of Melatonin, so not only will you get an energy boost during the day, but better sleep at night.
Time-Release Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an important antioxidant, but when you take it as a supplement, most of it is broken down in the stomach and doesn’t actually get absorbed. This two-stage, 12-hour time release vitamin C solves the problem entirely.
Vitamin D3: Vitamin D3 is important for many different bodily functions. We normally get vitamin D3 from sunlight exposure, but many of us don’t spend nearly enough time outside. Several people recommended vitamin D3.
Bulletproof Activated Charcoal Capsules: Activated charcoal capsules work wonders helping to mitigate brain fog and other Meniere’s symptoms after eating a meal that is higher in sodium or not as healthy as it should be. But be careful – if you take them within two hours before or after taking any medication or supplement it will absorb the medication.
Zenergy Dandelion Root Capsules: Instead of using a drug as a diuretic, one person recommended dandelion root, which acts as a natural diuretic instead.
Vinpocetine: Vinpocetine is an over the counter botanical extract popular among Meniere’s patients. It’s used by Russian astronauts to combat vertigo, and is known to increase circulation through small blood vessels. It’s also considered a nootropic supplement and can help to combat brain fog.
Pycnogenol: This one was new to me, but recommended by several people. Pycnogenol is a natural antioxidant plant extract made from the French maritime pine tree bark. It is believed to improve inner-ear blood flow and has been shown in several studies to improve Meniere’s symptoms after several weeks to several months of daily use.
Vertigo Relief Essential Oils: This is another product that I never would have tried as I don’t use essential oils, but several people recommended these oils to help better cope with vertigo and dizziness.
- Motioneaze Essential oil: An all natural motion sickness relief essential oil that some claim helps to better cope with vertigo.
- DiVertigo Topical Oil: I saw a few people mention this product as being helpful. According to Amazon, DiVertigo is an all-natural vertigo relief essential oil for people suffering from lack of balance, dizziness, nausea, spinning.
Peppermint Essential Oils: Peppermint is a well documented Ayurvedic remedy for nausea. Several people recommended peppermint essential oil to help with vertigo related nausea.
Isopropyl Alcohol Wipes: This is a pretty neat nausea relief trick that is actually backed up by research, though it’s efficacy seems to vary from person to person. All you have to do is take three inhalations of 70% isopropyl alcohol vapors every 15 minutes as needed.
Reliefband Motion Sickness Device: This simple wrist worn device uses a small electrical current to stimulate the pressure point. It’s a bit expensive but it has a ton of great reviews when it comes to relieving nausea and was recommended by several people. I’ve heard it can help with vertigo as well.
Acupressure Wrist Bands: A simple and inexpensive motion sickness acupressure wristband with adjustable pressure settings. These can be very effective at relieving nausea, but you have to make them very tight around your wrist, which can restrict blood flow to your hand. So if you use these, exercise caution.
Ginger Tea: Ginger is a well known Ayurvedic treatment for nausea and motion sickness. It can work well as a preventative measure too, on bad symptom days.
Disposable Vomit Bags (Emesis Bags): This was recommended by several people. If you get frequent attacks, it can be extremely helpful to have a few of these on hand. Alternatively, one person recommended keeping a water bucket near the bed at night as well.
Meclazine (OTC: Bonine, Dramamine Less Drowsy, Generic, Prescription: Antivert): Meclazine is technically an antihistamine, but its antiemetic (anti-nausea) properties and over-the-counter availability make it a commonly used medication to treat vertigo, dizziness and nausea.
Dimenhydrinate (OTC: Dramamine, Generic): Dimenhydrinate is another antihistamine with antiemetic properties. It’s more sedating than Meclazine and reported to be less effective at treating vertigo and vertigo-induced nausea, but some people prefer it.
Cetirizine (OTC: Zyrtec, Generic): Ceterizine is a non-drowsy antihistamine that can help to reduce allergy related triggers of Meniere’s disease. Many of you recommended Ceterizine and other non-drowsy antihistamines.
Betahistine (SERC): Betahistine Dihydrochloride is a commonly prescribed anti-vertigo medication for people with Meniere’s disease. It’s both a partial histamine agonist (H1-H2 receptors) and antagonist (H3-H4 receptors). It’s unclear how exactly it works to relieve vertigo and other Meniere’s disease symptoms, yet a great many people report improvement in vertigo and other symptoms. In the US, it can be filled at compounding pharmacies (and Walgreens).
Calbee Lightly Salted Snapea Crisps: At 50 mg sodium per serving, snapea crisps are a wonderful snack!
Skinny Pop Popcorn: Skinny Pop has been one of my favorite snacks for a long time. You can always just make popcorn on the stove and not use salt at all, but Skinny Pop is my goto store brand.
- Skinny Pop Black Pepper Popcorn – 75 mg sodium per serving
- Skinny Pop All Natural Popcorn – 50 mg sodium per serving
More low-sodium foods are coming soon! Be sure to check back regularly.