Document Type

Capstone Project

Publication Date

Fall 10-26-2021

First Advisor

Antony Joseph, MA, Au.D., Ph.D., CCC-A, CPS/A, F-NAP

Keywords

Vestibular labyrinthitis, COVID-19, vestibular neuritis, dizziness, vertigo, hearing loss, screening tool

Disciplines

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Abstract

Introduction: labyrinthitis occurs when both branches of the vestibulocochlear nerve swell, specifically the vestibular and cochlear portions. Diagnosed by the process of elimination, labyrinthitis can have detrimental auditory and vestibular effects when identified untimely. When diagnosed early, labyrinthitis can be resolved with rest, medication, and vestibular rehabilitation therapy. Case Presentation: A young adult presented to the clinic with a heavy head sensation, lack of concentration, and blurry vision that escalated to left ear fullness, unilateral tinnitus, and an untriggered persistent headache. Discussion: This patient was undiagnosed for three months due to the unavailability of vestibular testing in the emergency room where he initially received treatment. No clinical screening tool was discovered that could be used by urgent and emergency care clinicians for rapid identification and classification of vestibular disorders. Conclusion: Further research is needed to improve early identification of vestibular problems.

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