What is Vestibular Neuronitis?

vestibular neuronitis in Plantation, FL

A number of disorders and conditions can cause vertigo, a balance and dizziness symptom that can be troublesome and disorienting. Vestibular neuronitis is one of these disorders, but it can be treated. For more information on vestibular neuronitis and how you can get a treatment plan for your vertigo, contact The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida) in Plantation, Florida. They can help you understand your ear condition and give you the resources you need to have it treated.

Vestibular neuronitis definition


Vestibular neuronitis is a condition wherein the vestibulocochlear nerve becomes inflamed and causes vertigo and dizziness. The vestibulocochlear nerve is a nerve found in your inner ear that sends information to your brain about your balance and position. Then when the vestibulocochlear nerve becomes inflamed, it distorts the way that the balance signals are sent to your brain and results in the dizziness and vertigo. Vestibular neuronitis can affect people of all ages but it occurs very rarely in children.

One of the main symptoms of this disorder is a vertigo but there are others that can affect you as well. Of these are dizziness, vomiting, difficulty balancing, and difficulty concentrating. These symptoms will vary on your particular condition but the most severe symptoms typically only last a few days then other symptoms will linger for a few weeks.

A variety of things can cause vestibular neuronitis but most researchers believe that it is a viral issue. This means that when your body contracts a viral infection, it can result in vestibular neuronitis. Typically these viral infections are things like the flu, chickenpox, and mumps as well as others.

Diagnosis & treatment


Your doctor will perform a series of test to determine if you have vestibular neuronitis. These can include hearing tests, balance tests, a test to determine if a portion of the vestibulocochlear nerve has been damaged. There are other tests that your doctor can perform to rule out other causes of your vertigo and make sure that there are no other underlying causes that could more detrimental to your health.

If it is determined that you have vestibular neuronitis, then your doctor will provide you with a treatment plan that will include focusing on your actual symptoms. This way you can get your dizziness and nausea under control. Another aspect of treatment is a balance rehabilitation. This is meant to help your brain adapt to changes in balance. This type of rehabilitation will only be recommended to you in the event that you are dealing with symptoms for an extended period of time.


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If you are experiencing vertigo, you may have vestibular neuronitis. This disorder can cause more than just dizziness so it is important to contact a hearing doctor who can help you treat it and understand why you have contracted it. For more information, contact The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida) in Plantation, Coral Springs, and Fort Lauderdale. They can provide you with a treatment plan for your vestibular neuronitis.

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