An inner ear infection/inflammation, or labyrinthitis, usually manifests itself as balance problems. However, hearing loss and ringing sensation in the ear can also be encountered. Etiology is usually viral, though bacterial infection, which is much more serious, can be the cause as well. Treatment is largely supportive, although steroids and anti-viral medications have been used as well. Recovery can take several weeks, though there can be residual symptoms.
September 07, 2012