Vestibular neuritis is a disorder that affects the nerve of the inner ear called the vestibulocochlear nerve. This nerve sends balance and head position information from the inner ear to the brain. When this nerve becomes inflamed due to a virus, it disrupts the way the information would normally be interpreted by the brain. The symptoms of vestibular neuritis typically include dizziness or vertigo, disequilibrium or imbalance, and nausea.


Vestibular neuritis can occur in people of all ages, but is rarely reported in children.

Labyrinthitis, is defined as the combination of the symptoms of vestibular neuritis, with the addition of hearing symptoms. It may be due to a process that affects the inner ear as a whole or the 8th nerve as a whole. Labyrinthitis is also always attributed to an infection.

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Last Updated on Oct 23, 2020