If it is believed a bacterium is causing the labyrinthitis, blood tests may be done, or any fluid draining from the ear may be analyzed to help determine what type of bacteria is present.
Most people who have labyrinthitis recover completely, although it often takes five to six weeks for the vertigo to disappear entirely and the individual's hearing to return to normal.
Diagnosis of labyrinthitis is based on a combination of the individual's symptoms and history, especially a history of a recent upper respiratory infection.
Labyrinthitis can also be caused by toxins, by a tumor in the ear, by trauma to the ear, and sometimes high doses of medications or allergies.
If an underlying condition such as a tumor is found to be the cause of the labyrinthitis, treatment will depend on the underlying condition.
The primary symptoms of labyrinthitis are vertigo and hearing loss, along with a sensation of ringing in the ears called tinnitus.
Labyrinthitis is an inflammation of the inner ear that is often a complication of infection of the middle ear (otitis media).
Labyrinthitis is rare and is more likely to occur after middle ear infections, meningitis, or upper respiratory infection.
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Because most labyrinthitis resolves on its own, most treatment is focused on controlling the symptoms.