29/06/2022 in News

Vestibular Neuritis and Labyrinthitis


These two conditions are common causes of acute dizziness, vertigo, nausea and imbalance and can often be quite severe! But what even are they?


VESTIBULAR NEURITIS – Inflammation (swelling and irritation) of the vestibular nerve which travels from the inner ear to the brain.


VESTIBULAR LABYRINTHITIS– Inflammation of the vestibular labyrinth which includes the cochlear and causes the same symptoms but also hearing loss.


Vestibular Neuritis and Labyrinthitis are commonly caused by a virus but can also be the result of a bacterial infection, head injury or allergy.


Both conditions prevent the vestibular system from sending messages about head movement and balance to the brain properly, usually just in one ear.


Your Vestibular Physiotherapist can do a series of tests with head and eye movement to help in the diagnosis of Vestibular Neuritis or Labyrinthitis. They can also teach you specific head and eye movement exercises that help to restore the balance between your inner ears. These are called Gaze Stability exercises.