The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8 NIV https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/isa.40.8/10838
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If you have Meniere’s Disease, then you probably know very well what it’s like to have constant ear ringing/ Tinnitus. People get it because of trauma to the inner ear like hearing loss or from an illness.
If it’s just hearing loss, a lot of times it happens when listening to something loud for long periods of time like music or work tools. Most hearing loss can be slowed down by wearing protective ear plugs that are rated for keeping out sound. But the problem is, you have to wear them. Stop making excuses because you may not notice the damage for a while. And if you have a baby & take them to church or a place that has loud noises, please protect them. They have no say on what they hear. I love my church & the worship time is like a concert every Sunday, but it bothers me when I see babies in the first few rows with no ear protection. Please take the time to take care of the little ones so that they have a longer chance of keeping Tinnitus away.
Below, is a link to an article that lists many rock stars that have this problem. The media is talking more about it since singer Huey Lewis told the world he has Meniere’s. He says playing live is so challenging that he had to stop. Who knows if it could be forever but Huey Lewis & News did just put out new studio music. Love that he is not letting Meniere’s keep him from his passion of music.
While my family & friends have helped me when my Meniere’s Disease was at it’s worst, it was learning the truth about Jesus that help me through it & gain me a purpose to take my struggles & share them with others. If only helping one person suffering from Meniere’s, then I am doing Christ’s work.
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
Romans 8:18 NIV
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
Psalm 34:18 NIV
Many Meniere’s sufferers might be wondering why I seem to post more bible verses on page, instead of information on the disease. But believe me, it’s all connected.
- Because of Christ: I was able to find the right doctors that worked with me to control my Meniere’s.
- Because of Christ: My fears & anxiety of having another severe vertigo attack are gone. When I start to feel uncomfortable I pray.
- Because of Christ: I felt need to help others. God had me suffer so bad for a time so I can give advice & hope.
No matter how bad things get, just remember you are not alone in the fight with Meniere’s.
With any illiness fear will creep in & start to take over you life. It can be harder to fight the longer a person is sick. I was like that for a long time not seeing any positive to Meniere’s Disease. But we must remind ourselves that fear is of the devil. He will creep in & try to bring you down. We can fight it by believing that Jesus is in control. That no matter how bad things can get Jesus will hold you up. And when you think He has totally forgot about you, what actually is happening is Jesus is helping you grow stronger. Keep the faith give all your fears to Jesus. I did and it was a huge relief. When I did it that is when my outlook on Meniere’s changed. I am no longer a prisoner to it but a vessel of Jesus to help others who suffer. Same can be true with all the crazy events that are happening in the U.S. The devil wants to bring us down in the world but we need to fight back fear by doing something positive. Just one random act of kindness will help a person but also will help you heart heal. It can be as simple as helping an older person in the grocery store. The more we do the more fear will not win.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
John 1:5 NLT
No matter how bad an illness can be, there is a tiny light that shines at the end of the tunnel. Jesus helped me make the light bigger so that it overcame the darkness. He is always ready to hel you.
The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid? The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?
Psalms 27:1 NLT
A verse I believe in when dealing with Meniere’s. While has been a challenge at time, I know God has a bigger plan for me. First get closer to Him so I could then help others. We are never alone.
In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.
1 Peter 5:10 NLT
For an new followers or others that want a visual of what doctors believe happens with inner ear & Meniere’s, here is video I found might be helpful. This was how Meniere’s was explained to me many years ago when I ended up at the University of Florida/ Shands hospital in Gainesville, Fl. My doctor was the Chairman of the ENT Dept of the school & an Ear Surgeon.