Labyrinthitis

  • Alternative Names

    Bacterial labyrinthitis; Serous labyrinthitis; Neuronitis - vestibular; Vestibular neuronitis; Viral neurolabyrinthitis; Vestibular neuritis


    Symptoms
    • Abnormal sensation of movement (vertigo)
    • Difficulty focusing the eyes because of involuntary eye movements
    • Dizziness
    • Hearing loss in one ear
    • Loss of balance, such as falling toward one side
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Ringing or other noises in the ears (tinnitus)

    Signs and tests

    A complete physical and neurological exam should be done. An ear examination may not reveal any problems.

    Usually, the diagnosis of layrinthitis does not require other tests. Tests will be done to rule out other causes for your symptoms. These may include:

    • EEG
    • Electronystagmography
    • Head CT scan
    • Hearing tests (audiology/audiometry)
    • MRI of the head
    • Warming and cooling the inner ear with air or water (caloric stimulation) to test eye reflexes