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Labyrinthitis / Vestibular Neuritis

Updated: Jan 7


What is Labyrinthitis?

Labyrinthitis or Vestibular neuritis is an inner infection that causes inflammation to the vestibulocochlear nerve (transmits sound and balance information from the ear to the brain). This results in a spinning sensation, balance problems or ringing in the ears.

What is the cause of Labyrinthitis?

The cause of Labyrinthitis it’s not always clear, but most of the times is due to:

  • a virus or bacterial infection

  • head injury

  • an allergy

  • excessive stress

  • side effects of medication

What are the symptoms and signs of Labyrinthitis?

The symptoms of Labyrinthitis could be quite severe specially the first days or weeks.

The symptoms in a lot of cases could last months.

The symptoms commonly reported with Labyrinthitis are:

  • vertigo

  • nausea

  • a feeling of sickness , that makes you want to lie in the bed

  • spinning sensation

  • anxiety

  • tinnitus (ringing ears)

  • hearing loss to some extent

  • overly fatigued

  • sensitive to sound and motion

How is Labyrinthitis diagnosed?

Labyrinthitis can be diagnosed with a vestibular assessment which involves eye tests, vestibular, balance and positional tests. Sometimes further investigation is needed and we might ask for an MRI scan, hearing and caloric tests.

Did you know?

  • Viral Labyrinthitis is the most common form

  • Usually presents to adults aged 30 – 60 years old

  • It is twice as common in females

  • 25% of cases the vestibular and cochlear nerve is involved

  • The initial severe vertigo rarely lasts longer than 72 hours

  • Balance issues and small episodes of vertigo may persist for weeks

What treatment does Physio Pattern offer for Labyrinthitis?

In Physio Pattern we will do a thorough assessment in your vestibular and ocular system and we are going to address any problem related to labyrinthitis and to your current symptoms.

Treatment will consist: