Dizziness & Balance

About Vestibular Neuronitis

While most patients report sudden onset of spinning vertigo, for some patients it may take a few hours or even days to develop. With vestibular neuronitis, the vertigo is made worse by head movements and may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Severe symptoms may last from 1-3 days. However, medications for vertigo and nausea can dramatically reduce the severity and duration of  symptoms. Most patients make gradual recovery to normal function over several weeks, while a few patients may face prolonged or recurrent symptoms. Although the cause is not usually found, it is believed to be associated with inflammation and loss of normal function in the inner ear on one side; hence it is commonly also described as an “imbalance” of the inner ear.