Imagine living with disease that’s poorly understood – but receives little-to-no research funding because not enough people have it. That’s exactly what’s happening to those struggling with Ménière’s disease. But, thanks to an app commissioned by University of Exeter and built by the Buzz team, people are learning more about it than ever before.
A complex multifactorial disease exhibiting vertigo, tinnitus and sensorineural hearing loss, Ménière’s only affects a small percentage of the population, meaning its aetiology and disease impact are not widely understood.
But, since the project inception in 2013, the University of Exeter have been changing things up, thanks to the help of Buzz’s team of app experts.
Now, with a nifty app at their disposal, they’re confident in collecting data from those who suffer with the disease, allowing clinicians and researchers alike to understand more about common triggers, as well as helping participants to document their own journeys.
The work doesn’t stop and, now in its seventh year, the Meniere’s Monitor app has been continually developed and improved over time to become a powerful tool in Meniere’s research.
And today? Data from the app has provided robust evidence for a correlation with the weather, as well as stress, in frequency of debilitating attacks, with participants able to monitor and identify their own individual triggers.
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