Labyrinthitis and Vestibular Neuritis

How do Labyrinthitis and Vestibular Neuritis affect people and what causes them?

Both of these conditions can affect people differently. Often Labyrinthitis or Vestibular Neuritis (a.k.a. Neuronitis) start with strong feelings of vertigo, dizziness and nausea. “Vertigo” is the feeling that you or the room is spinning.

Early on these feelings will last from hours to days. But in about a week, the vertigo will have passed. However they will still get random periods of dizziness. Often they will say things like “I feel off, fuzzy, wooly, or foggy”.

The labyrinth is a very small area in your Inner Ear. It contains both your Hearing and Vestibular System. The vestibular structures tell you how you are moving. They also help you to keep your balance and see properly.

Labyrinthitis is caused by an infection or swelling of these inner ear structures.

Vestibular Neuritis is caused by an infection or swelling of one of the vestibular nerves.

Both conditions will cause a loss of balance. Labyrinthitis may also cause a temporary or permanent loss of hearing.

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This information is not provided to self-diagnose. Dizziness comes from many sources. It is therefore very IMPORTANT that you also consult your doctor.