Labyrinthitis is an ear disorder that involves irritation and swelling of the inner ear.
Bacterial labyrinthitis; Serous labyrinthitis; Neuronitis - vestibular; Vestibular neuronitis; Viral neurolabyrinthitis; Vestibular neuritis
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The are likely many causes of labyrinthitis. It commonly occurs after an ear infection (
During labyrinthitis, the parts of the inner ear become irritated and inflamed. This interferes with their function, which includes the ability to keep your balance.
The following raise your risk for labyrinthitis:
- Drinking large amounts of alcohol
- History of allergies
- Recent viral illness,
respiratoryinfection, or ear infection
- Use of certain prescription or nonprescription drugs (especially aspirin)
Review Date: 08/11/2010
Reviewed By: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc., and Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington.