Labyrinthitis is a condition characterized by the inflammation of one of the two vestibular nerves that send information to the brain from the inner ear. The vestibular nerves play a huge role in an individual's balance control and spatial navigation functions. A number of causes have been identified for this condition including recurrent ear infections, respiratory illnesses, stomach viruses, bacterial infections, and Lyme disease. This condition is managed by treating the underlying cause of it whether it is an infection or a virus as well as treating the labyrinthitis symptoms the individual is experiencing. Reveal the major symptoms of labyrinthitis now.
Tinnitus is the name for when an individual hears sounds that are not from outside of their body. This means only the individual with labyrinthitis can hear the sounds. Many individuals describe tinnitus as a continuous high pitched ringing noise, however, some have also identified the noise as a chirping, screeching, static, buzzing, whooshing, clicking, hissing, roaring, pulsing, or a musical noise. These sounds typically do not occur at the same volume level all day and night, but rather, the sounds are more obvious to the individual during the night or in quiet and tranquil situations. This symptom is most likely to occur when the branch of the vestibular nerve that transmits signals between the brain and ears has been infected first or the infection has manifested in that branch more prominently than the branch that controls balance signals.
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Vertigo can best be described as an individual feeling like they are moving when they are not actually moving. It can also be described as the feeling or sensation that objects around they are moving when they actually aren't moving. Motion sickness is very similar to this feeling, but each has a different cause. It is something hard to describe, so most often individuals will say they are feeling very dizzy or they feel like they are spinning. This feeling occurs because of what happens to one of the two branches to each vestibular cranial nerve or each eighth cranial nerve. The first branch is the branch that sends messages between the brain and the ears, while the other branch transmits messages between the balance organs and the brain. Balance signals are sent from both the right and the lest vestibular nerves, and the brain has to integrate both of them for balance to function correctly. When one vestibular nerve gets infected, like in labyrinthitis, there are confusing and mismatched signals being transmitted to the brain in regards to balance. This causes the feeling of vertigo in an individual who has labyrinthitis.
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