As the symptoms of labyrinthitis
and vestibular neuritis are rather similar, the two terms were once interchangeable. However, specific terms are now used by audiologists and other experts to describe these two conditions.
As we’ve said, vestibular neuritis is caused by inflammation of the vestibular nerve, and is often linked to a viral infection. As the name suggests, labyrinthitis is an inner ear infection resulting in inflammation of the labyrinth - a delicate structure deep inside the ear.
While both conditions affect the balance, causing dizziness and vertigo, labyrinthitis is distinguished by the fact that it also results in tinnitus and mild to total hearing loss, whereas vestibular neuritis does not.
Vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss are also symptoms of Ménière's disease
, a rare condition also affecting the inner ear.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of vestibular neuritis, or any other of the ear conditions mentioned above, make an appointment with your GP or book a hearing test
with one of our hearing specialists.