Vestibular Neuronitis

Vestibular neuronitis is a condition characterized as disequilibrium or vertigo originating from the balance nerves that is not associated with hearing loss.

Treatment for Vestibular Neuronitis

Vestibular neuronitis is a self-limiting illness, meaning the symptoms will eventually resolve on their own, usually within 3 weeks.  If symptoms are severe enough, anti-vertigo medications and/or anti-nausea medications can be used during the acute phase.  However, the overuse or long-term use of these medications is strongly discouraged because they considerably reduce the brain’s ability to compensate for the dizziness and vertigo on its own.  For this reason, Metropolitan NeuroEar Group rarely uses these medications. 

Sometimes, patients will still have residual vestibular dysfunction even after the acute symptoms of vestibular neuronitis resolve.  In these cases, vestibular physical therapy can aid patients in compensating for the balance dysfunction.