Hello folks, I'm new to this forum and wanted to introduce myself. I have had Meniere's for about 7-8 years, but was not diagnosed until late 2006. I then travelled to the UW Medical Center for a confirmation. I only have MD in my right ear with 45% hearing loss and multiple vertigo attacks each month. In 2009 I had a shunt implanted, which gave me relief for 5 months, after which the vertigo attacks returned. Since Feb of this year I have had 45 attacks. This last summer I returned to the UW to explore other options and was told of a new vestibular implant that the university was developing to control vertigo and other imbalance disorders. I was told that I would be a perfect candidate for this procedure, but that it had not yet been approved by the FDA and had only been used on 10 monkeys, but with success. I will be the first human to receive this implant. After waiting a few months I am now set to have the vestibular implant procedure this coming Thursday. Electrodes will be placed in the balance center of my inner ear and be attached to an implant (think cochlear implant). A electronics package will let be then simply push a button and no vertigo! Here's hoping. I will report back to this forum on how well it works in controlling the vertigo. Again, this is not a cure for MD, but a major step forward.