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Labyrinthitis (cont.)

Exams and Tests

A doctor will ask you questions that help determine whether or not the cause is serious. In many cases the doctor will first need to make sure your symptoms are not associatied with a stroke

These questions may include the following

  • How quickly the symptoms began
  • Whether they are worse with head movement
  • What other medical problems you have
  • What medications you are taking
  • What other symptoms you have

The doctor then will perform an exam that focuses on your ears and nervous system. The physician may try to reproduce the symptoms by quickly turning your head or changing your body position. The doctor may then prescribe a trial therapy with medications or special maneuvers while you are still in the office or emergency department to see if they work.

  • If the physician strongly suspects a more serious cause, the doctor may order a CT scan or MRI of your head.
  • A doctor usually can tell by a physical examination whether more serious conditions exist. If suspected, or if symptoms worsen or continue over time, a doctor may seek an opinion from an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist or neurologist.
  • The doctor will likely send you for a hearing rest with an audiologist to further assess the inner ear function.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/6/2014
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