I have had “tortuous” tinnitus for over a year now. I understand and deeply empathize with what your mam is going through. In my case, the tinnitus was accompanied by extreme anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The tinnitus is finally starting to diminish, my sleep is improving, and the anxiety / Depression are lifting. I do not have meniere’s disease, but the tinnitus was incited by a physical cause. It started with an episode of water intoxication with a critically low sodium level and brain swelling; I came very close to dying.
I certainly do not have all the answers, but I do know that the medical profession will never cure tinnitus because I have learned that even if tinnitus starts with a physical cause, there is always an underlying emotional and spiritual component. Since your mam has meniere’s disease, there is obviously a physical component that also needs addressed.
I can tell you the things that I have been doing that have helped me. I started going to a craniosacral therapist who also does myofacial release. Here’s some information about these two modalities:
I am also seeing a chiropractor who has experience in multiple healing arts; he does spinal manipulation as needed and energy / spiritual healing. Both the craniosacral therapist and the chiropractor spend a lot of time talking with me, listening to what is on my heart and mind, and giving me constructive feedback. In my case, they have both taught me that I am “stuck in my head” and I need to listen to my heart. They are empowering me to trust myself and the God-given power that is inside me. I cannot stress enough that if you choose to work with a practitioner of any kind that this person needs to be client-centered, caring, and be willing to spend the time with your mam that she needs.
Some other things I did when I was in my worst stages of incapacitation from tinnitus was utilizing neuromonics (http://www.neuromonics.com/ ) and getting counseling from an audiologist who specializes in counseling tinnitus patients. I also kept a log of my negative thoughts regarding tinnitus. This log included 5 columns: 1) Situation / Event 2) Thoughts / Beliefs 3) Emotional Consequence 4) Dispute / Challenge Original Thought then Replace 5) New Emotional Consequence. I had six visits with a Chiropractic Neurologist, but in my particular case I don’t believe that he did much to help me.
I have recently found an herb that is helping me sleep…it has been like a miracle for me! It is also a very effective natural anti-depressant, which might be helpful to your mam. It is called kanna; here’s some information about this herb and places to buy it: