The first symptoms of inner ear problems are dizziness and vertigo, according to the Vestibular Disorders Association. Other symptoms include disturbances in hearing, balance or even vision.
The inner ear is not only concerned with hearing but with balance, says the Vestibular Disorders Association. It does this through the vestibular organs, which send information to the brain about the position of the head. If there is an infection in the inner ear, this information can't be transmitted properly.
The two conditions most associated with inner ear problems are neuritis and labyrinthitis, claims the Vestibular Disorders Association. Neuritis is an inflammation of the nerve that sends balance signals to the brain. The patient becomes dizzy or vertiginous. However, his hearing is not affected. Labyrinthitis affects the structures that control both balance and hearing.