Auto-immune Inner Ear Disease

Auto-immune inner ear disease is a condition in which hearing loss and imbalance—manifested either as disequilibrium or vertigo—occurs as a result of a patient’s own immune system producing antibodies against his/her inner ear.

Outcomes for Auto-immune Inner Ear Disease

Patients have varying reactions to treatment for auto-immune inner ear disease.  Some patients have resolution of symptoms, if only temporarily, while others continue to experience hearing loss and balance dysfunction.  As with any auto-immune disease, autoimmune inner ear disease is a disorder that can recur throughout the patient’s lifetime.