Huey Lewis Suffered An Attack of Meniere’s Syndrome Causing Loss of Hearing and Balance

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Huey Lewis the popular R&B singer recently cancelled all future concert dates when he suffered an attack of Meniere’s Syndrome. “The doctors believe I have Meniere’s disease and have agreed that I can’t perform until I improve,” Said Mr. Lewis. The condition causes irregular, cyclic episodes with varying levels of hearing loss, sensitivity to certain sounds, especially metallic sounds, tinnitus, that is, ringing in the ears. Patients often describe it more like a hissing sound or a compressed air leak. Huey Lewis described it as a loud whooshing sound. Meniere’s sufferers also experience dizziness and nausea. Otologists trace the problem to the calcium carbonite rocks in the middle ear and their relationship to the microscopic sacs called utricle and saccule, the vestibular nerve connected to the lower portion of Semicircular Canals, and the brain. That is the mechanism that controls balance in humans. Medical researchers believe that pressure caused by a blockage of the electrolyte flow, or an imbalance in the electrolyte, disturbs the motion of the rocks moving over the hairs sending a distorted signal to the brain. We have other senses to help us keep our balance.