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
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:
a feeling of sickness , that makes you want to lie in the bed
tinnitus (ringing ears)
hearing loss to some extent
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: