Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease

Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease, AIED, is characterised by progressive hearing loss and/or dizziness which is caused when antibodies or immune cells attack the ear.

Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED) is rare and probably only 1 per cent of all cases of hearing impairment or dizziness is due to Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED).

Typically, the disease leads to a reduction of a person's hearing ability accompanied by tinnitus taking place over a period of a few months. The attack may be bilateral (i.e. on both ears). Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED) is more common among people with Ménière's disease (6-16 per cent).

The diagnosis is typically based on patient history, results of physical examination, blood tests, hearing tests and vestibular tests. No specific tests have been designed to diagnoseAutoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED).

Treatment of Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease

Treatment of Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease (AIED) may include the use of steroids, cotoxan or plasmapheresis - as well as the use of hearing aids.