Study Description: Patients with Meniere?s disease experience severely distressing and debilitating symptoms like vertigo, tinnitus, sensorineural hearing loss, ear fullness and nausea, which drastically alters their quality of life and day-to-day routine. There is no cure for Meniere's disease. Chronic illness has been known to increase chronic stress, which can be measured by monitoring cortisol in the blood and saliva. It has been documented that patients with Meniere?s disease have significantly higher cortisol levels when compared to other age and gender groups. Meniere's patients with high cortisol have previously been found to have longer lasting symptoms compared to those with lower cortisol levels. Our study will expand on these findings by identifying if episodes of acute mental stress cause significant changes in cortisol levels providing insight into the development of this disease.
Principal Investigator: Gregory Harshfield
Eligibility Criteria: Those eligible to participate in this study are male or female patients at least 18 years of age who have been previously diagnosed with Meniere's disease.
Compensation: Yes, subjects will be compensated.
Compensation Explanation: For completing the screening visit, each participant will receive $20.00, regardless of whether they are consented to participate in the study. For completing in the stress protocol and self-reported health survey, they will receive another $20.00. They must complete the entire stress protocol and return the survey in order to receive the $20.00. If they do not complete any portion of the protocol, they will not receive any portion of the $20.00. In addition to this $20.00, they can earn an extra $20.00 if they win the video game challenge during the stress protocol. Their payment will be provided to them upon completion of the stress protocol.
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