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Help the American Hearing Research Foundation Find a Cure for MENIERE'S DISEASE
Find a Cure
Hand Knit Baby/Toddler Blanket 30x30
Kara Mayfield lives with her
husband and two adorable children in Citrus Heights, California. She worked as
a telemarketer and auto insurance claims adjuster for 25 years before she
decided to follow her lifelong dream of turning her hobby into her day job.
Kara’s studio is based out of her home in Citrus Heights, California where she
designs and creates with a number of different media; fiber, knitting,
embroidery, jewelry making, polymer clay, sewing, computer graphics, and
started selling her products on the Etsy marketplace in February 2009. Since
then she’s published two knitting pattern books, 49 knitting patterns (and
counting), and successfully sold many of her hand made products. Proudly she’s
also been featured in Better Homes and Gardens DIY 2013 Best of Etsy Special
has been slow and difficult for this wife and mother of two. Just 5 days
after the birth of her second child in May 2009, she was abruptly afflicted
with, what was thought to be, acute Labyrinthitis. It was later discovered that
Labyrinthitis was a misdiagnosis and in fact it turned out to be the onset of
Meniere’s disease with vestibular neuritis caused by an inflammation of the
inner ear, damaging nerves leading to the brain. The permanent aftermath
of this rare attack has left her with partial deafness, tinnitus, hyperacusis,
a balance disorder, vertigo attacks, in addition to severe chronic migraines,
making each day’s simplest tasks very challenging, often impossible. As she
strives to care for her beloved family and keep life functioning normally she
still finds time to escape the madness of her limitations to explore and create
in her world of Knit 'n Kaboodle.
Over 2 million Americans have Meniere's Disease.
September 2012, a visit to the National Library of Medicine’s search engine, Pubmed,
revealed more than 6800 research articles concerning Meniere’s disease
published since 1883. In spite of this concentration of effort by the medical
community, Meniere’s disease remains a chronic, incurable disorder that causes
progressive disability to both hearing and balance. The American Hearing Research Foundation (AHRF), has
funded basic research on Meniere’s disease in the past, and are very interested in funding additional
research on Meniere’s disease in the future. They are particularly interested
in projects that might lead to method of stopping progression of hearing loss
and the disabling attacks of dizziness.