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.

Treatment for Auto-immune Inner Ear Disease

Treatment involves the periodic use of steroids or the use of low doses of chemotherapeutic agents to help titrate the immune response.  Plasmapheresis is a technique used to remove antibodies from the bloodstream and can be useful in certain circumstances.