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.

Have another suggestion for the list? Leave a comment!

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.


Table of Contents:


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.

Helpful Products

Vitamins and Supplements

Products for Nausea Relief

Helpful Medications

Low-Sodium Foods

The Products I Use On a Regular Basis 


Helpful Products:


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.

(Eargasm has recently released an entirely clear, far more discreet set of high fidelity earplugs)

 

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.

 

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!

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

    

 

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)

Vitamins and Supplements:


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.

A new comprehensive post on CBD is coming soon!

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.

 

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.

 

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.

Products for Nausea Relief:


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.

 


Helpful Medications:


(For a more complete list of Meniere’s Medications, see this list)

Meclazine (OTC: BonineDramamine Less DrowsyGeneric, 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: DramamineGeneric): 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.

 

Fluticasone (Flonase)/ Triamcinolone (Nasacort) Allergy Nasal Spray: Allergy relief nasal sprays that can help to reduce allergy related triggers of Meniere’s disease.

 

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).


Low-Sodium Foods:


Mrs. Dash Salt Free Spice Blends and Sauces: Mrs. Dash makes a fantastic line of no-sodium spice blends and sauces! I’ve been using them for years and highly recommend all of their products!

 

Calbee Lightly Salted Snapea CrispsAt 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.

 

More low-sodium foods are coming soon! Be sure to check back regularly.

  1. Thanks Glenn I print everyone of your lists out and hopefulLy one day ill have all your suggestions. To have such good feedback from those before me, I ca t say the last 3 months have been easy or fun but the help and suggestions make it easier to know people get relief. I made little newly .02 suggestion as I am just navigating this and I love love love to eat! On your FB post. But check out http://www.daksspices.com. Little company in Alabama but they have a GREAT variety of no salt and black pepper free (I do not like pepper…mrs. Dash loves pepper) but I like spicy and they are worn ordering from, if you are no TV looking for run of the mill spices. I highly recommend to anyone.

  2. thank you all so very much. I can read only so much before I become over whelmed with too much info but this is brief and to the point for me. thanks again

    • Brian, if prism eyeglasses helped you, you may actually have something called Binocular Vision Disorder. Worth looking in to. Either way, though, I’m glad you found some relief!

    • Hi Kerry, I use the Charlottes Web Every day advanced strength hemp oil, and take roughly 10-20mg of CBD at a time, sublingually. You really have to just start small and experiment with the dosage, as everyone seems to need different amounts. As to helping with the balance sensations, I haven’t found that, though my balance is pretty good these days. But other people have reported balance improvements.

      • Hey Glenn, I started using the Every day Plus CBD oil from Charlottes Web 4 days ago and it has exceeded my expectations. The tinnitus I was experiencing has been reduced significantly. Well worth the money,
        thanks for pointing out this great product.

  3. Hey Glenn! Thank you for putting this all together, lots of useful information. Your time & talent are appreciated.
    I also enjoyed your recent podcast!

  4. I have been suffering with Meniere’s and tinnitus since January 2001. Tried so many different vitamins, combinations of different things mentioned in your list. Saw an ENT specializing in Meniers’s when living in California. after several years, I was in remission although I still had the tinnitus. In august of this year, it started again. I was expecting an occurrence as my left ear felt so full and like I had cotton between the ears. Sure enough, I started the vertigo episodes again. Had a few of the ones with vomiting as I couldn’t get to the meclizine soon enough. I also keep phenergan suppositories for nausea. My brother suffers from this too and saw an ENT that gave him a shot of Dexamethasone 20mg directly into the effected ear. It helped him and he hasn’t had episode is over 2 months.
    I made an appointment with him and discussed my history and how the episodes were occurring again. Unfortunately, at his office, when I was supposed to have the injection, I had a very bad vertigo attack. They had to give me a shot of phenergan to stop the vomiting. I sat there until I was able to stand up. Good thing my husband was with me to drive me home. A few weeks later I was ready again and this time before I left I took 2 meclizine tabs and a phenegran suppository ahead of time.
    The injection went surprisingly well. He didn’t even use the numbing agent he thought triggered the episode the week before. All I had to do was to lie on my side for 30 minutes without swallowing to allow the fluid to seep into the inner ear. That was October 10th. I have been vertigo free. The hearing now is the same level in both ears and I don’t have that ‘cotton’ feeling any longer. I go for my 6-week check up in 2 more weeks. The procedure can be done again if needed. It’s been a God-send not to go through each day knowing an attack is probable. The tinnitus is still there, louder in my left than right but the best thing is being vertigo free. I still carry meclizine with as I am never without any handy.

    • That’s wonderful Delia! I’m so happy you had such great success with the intratympanic Dexamethasone injections. Thanks for sharing this!

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