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Labyrinthitis is an inner ear infection. It causes a delicate structure deep inside your ear called the labyrinth to become inflamed, affecting your hearing and balance.
Symptoms of labyrinthitis
The three most common symptoms of labyrinthitis are dizziness, hearing loss and vertigo, the sensation that you, or the environment around you, is moving.
Causes of labyrinthitis
Labyrinthitis is caused by inflammation of part of the inner ear known as the labyrinth. This is either caused by a viral or bacterial infection.
Diagnosing labyrinthitis
Your GP will usually diagnose labyrinthitis based on your symptoms, your medical history and a physical examination.
Treating labyrinthitis
Labyrinthitis is usually treated using a combination of self-help techniques and medication. Chronic labyrinthitis may be treated with vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT).
Complications of labyrinthitis
Most people who have labyrinthitis find that their hearing and balance return to normal. However, some people have mild dizziness when they move their head.