Living with Meniere’s Disease

“Living with Meniere’s Disease”

On July 25, 2015, the Foundation presented “Living with Meniere’s Disease,” a half-day public education seminar for patients interested in learning about the diagnosis, management, and treatment of Meniere’s Disease. The event was held at the Hilton Suites Chicago/Oak Brook in Oak Brook, IL.

Otoneurologist Marcello Cherchi, MD/PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine who practices at Chicago Dizziness and Hearing, presented on the historical overview and medical therapies. Presenting on diagnostic testing and possible pitfalls was Heather Gradisek, AuD, also with Chicago Dizziness and Hearing. Bulent Mamikoglu, MD, an otolaryngologist with Chicago Dizziness and Hearing, discussed surgical therapies.

What is Meniere’s Disease?

In 1861, the French physician Prosper Meniere described a condition which now bears his name. Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes of vertigo, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), a feeling of fullness or pressure in the ear, and fluctuating hearing loss. In Figure 1, the area of the ear affected is the entire labyrinth, which includes both the semicircular canals and the cochlea. 

The Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment of Meniere’s Disease

Presented by:
Marcello Cherchi, MD, PhD

Heather Gradisek, AuD
Bulent Mamikoglu, MD

CherchiMarcello Cherchi, MD, PhD

Historical Overview and Medical Therapies

Dr. Cherchi received a PhD in linguistics from the University of Chicago, an MD from the University of Illinois at Chicago, then completed the remainder of his medical training at Northwestern, including an internship in internal medicine, residency in general neurology, and fellowship in otoneurology.  He currently practices with Dr. Timothy Hain at Chicago Dizziness and Hearing.
Listen to the Marcello Cherchi audio presentation.



Heather Gradisek, AuD

Diagnostic Testing and Possible Pitfalls

Dr. Gradisek started working for Chicago Dizziness and Hearing in July of 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Hearing, Speech and Language Sciences from Ohio University in 2007 and her Doctorate in Audiology from Ohio University in 2011. She has experience providing diagnostic testing and dispensing hearing aids in a variety of settings including ENT offices, hospitals and speech and hearing clinics.


Listen to the Heather Gradisek audio presentation.


MamikogluBulent Mamikoglu, MD

Surgical Therapies for Meniere’s Disease

Dr. Bulent Mamikoglu is a specialist trained to evaluate and treat problems related to your ears, nose, sinus, and throat. he started his career in Istanbul Turkey, later had worked U of Chicago and Northwestern about allergy and otological diseases.  His professional areas of special interest include; the management of chronic ear diseases and cholesteatoma surgery.  He treats dizziness and hearing loss patients and also offers allergy testing and management.  Dr. Mamikoglu has written various medical articles and papers on a variety of topics pertaining to Otolaryngology.  He has shared his insights as an ENT during an assortment of lectures/presentations throughout his career.

Listen to the Bulent Mamikoglu audio presentation.


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