An infection or inflammation of the inner ear that causes dizziness and loss of balance is called labyrinthitis. It is often associated with an upper respiratory infection such as the flu.
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Labyrinthitis is an inner ear disorder. The two vestibular nerves in your inner ear send your brain information about your spatial navigation and balance control. When one of these nerves becomes inflamed, it creates a condition known as labyrinthitis.
Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, and loss of hearing. Vertigo, another symptom, is a type of dizziness marked by the sensation that you’re moving, even though you aren’t. It can interfere with driving, working, and other activities. Medications and self-help techniques can lessen the severity of your vertigo.
Several factors can cause this condition, including infections and viruses. You should receive prompt treatment for any ear infections, but there’s no known way to prevent labyrinthitis.
The treatment for labyrinthitis usually involves using medications to control your symptoms. Most people find relief from symptoms within one to three weeks and achieve full recovery in a month or two.
Symptoms can include:
- loss of balance
- nausea and vomiting
- tinnitus, which is characterized by a ringing or buzzing in your ear
- loss of hearing in the high-frequency range in one ear
- difficulty focusing your eyes