Diagnosing vestibular neuronitis

Many conditions can cause dizziness and vertigo. Your GP will usually diagnose vestibular neuronitis based on your symptoms, your medical history and a physical examination.

You may be asked to move your head or body, and your ears will be checked for signs of inflammation and infection.

Your GP will also check your eyes. If theyre flickering uncontrollably, its usually a sign that your vestibular system (the body's balancing system) isnt working properly.

You may be referred to hospital if:

  • your GP suspects a more serious condition, such as a middle ear infection or meningitis
  • the condition isn't showing signs of settlingafter three to four weeks
  • you also have hearing loss
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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018