April 18, 2014
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Diagnosing labyrinthitis

There's no easy test for labyrinthitis, as the inner ear is difficult to reach. Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and perform a physical exam, paying special attention to your ears, eyes, and nerve function. If the main symptom you have is dizziness or vertigo, your doctor will want to eliminate other possible causes such as migraine, stroke, medications, and neurologic disease.

Tests sometimes used to find the cause of the dizziness or vertigo include hearing tests, balance tests (electronystagmography or posturography), computed tomography (CT) scan, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, eye tests, caloric stimulation (placing cold water and then warm water in the ear canal to test the function of the inner ear nerve), or tests to look at brain function (electroencephalogram or EEG).

 
Written and reviewed by the MediResource Clinical Team 

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