Labyrinthitis

An inflammation of the inner ear

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Labyrinthitis

Labyrinthitis

Labyrinthitis simply is an inflammation of the inner ear which houses both the hearing apparatus called the cochlea and the balance mechanism called the vestibule. It can be due to a virus or a bacteria or be a part of the process called autoimmune disorders where the body produces antibodies against its own self, in this instance the ear. When occurs suddenly, labyrinthitis presents itself as a loss of hearing and dizziness.

Complete recovery from the balance side is possible if one ear is affected as the normal side takes over; however hearing loss may be permanent. Treatment entails rest, fluids, antibiotics in some cases and hearing and balance rehabilitation if there is permanent damage.

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Vertigo & Balance Centre

The Sheffield Vertigo & Balance Centre is a multidisciplinary clinic for diagnosis and management of disorders of the human balance system. The human balance system operates through three peripheral sensors – the eyes, the muscle and joint senses and the ears to enable a subject to orient himself in space.