What is an inner ear infection?

An inner ear infection caused by inflammation or infection affects either the balance organ of the inner ear (labyrinthitis) or the nerves that connect the balance organ of the inner ear to the brain (vestibular neuronitis). These types of infections create problems with the transmission of sensory information between the ear and brain and as a result can cause vertigo, dizziness, and problems with balance. In cases of labyrinthitis, hearing loss and tinnitus may also occur which may be temporary or permanent.


How can they be treated?

Inner ear infections are treated with medication to control the symptoms. If the problem is not resolved, further tests may be recommended by your doctor in order to help rule out serious damage to the ears.