Vestibular neuritis: Viruses that damage balance

There are many viruses that are attracted to nervous tissue (neurotropic) and so can attack the brain and nerves.  The inner ears are each served by nerves that exit directly from the brain, and so can be affected by viruses that cause brain inflammation (encephalitis), and infection of the lining of the brain (meningitis). ThereContinue reading “Vestibular neuritis: Viruses that damage balance”

Blink Turns: An exercise to tame blurred vision

When an inner ear suddenly stops working, the first sign is seeing the room spin.  There’s another sign that is also very annoying and unsettling—the world can appear to shift in a blur when turning your head quickly.  Usually this just happens when you turn toward the bad ear.  If both ears are not working,Continue reading “Blink Turns: An exercise to tame blurred vision”

Sudden inner ear damage

Sudden damage to one inner ear causes severe dizziness and can also cause imbalance and difficulty with focusing the eyes. Unilateral vestibulopathy is the technical name for this problem; unilateral indicates that the process affects one ear, and vestibulopathy is a general term referring to disease of the vestibular system. The process is acute, meaningContinue reading “Sudden inner ear damage”