Everything you need to know about labyrinthitis

Suffering from vertigo, nausea and loss of hearing? It could be labyrinthitis – here’s what you need to know.

An attack of dizziness can be very unsettling – especially if it’s accompanied by other symptoms, such as nausea, difficulty standing due to everything spinning, and a change in your hearing.

These things can actually be signs of a condition called labyrinthitis, an inner ear disorder, which can also cause blurred or double vision, tinnitus and headaches when it strikes.

While you might not have heard of it, it might be more common that you think. Here’s what you need to know:

What is it?

Labyrinthitis is an infection of the inner ear which causes the labyrinth, a delicate structure inside the ear, to become inflamed, affecting your hearing and balance in the process. Often misdiagnosed as vertigo (which can be a common symptom of labyrinthitis), this little-known condition is usually caused by a viral infection.

To diagnose it, your doctor will usually ask questions about your history and symptom patterns, as well as examine your ears for signs of infection and inflammation (you may be asked to move your head or body to see what response occurs). They’ll probably check your eyes too, and sometimes hearing tests might be carried out.

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