Complications of labyrinthitis 

Permanent hearing loss can be a common complication of labyrinthitis, particularly in children who have developed bacterial labyrinthitis as a complication of the brain infection meningitis.

It's estimated that as many as one in five children will develop hearing loss after having meningitis. The hearing loss can either be partial or complete.

Because of the high risk of hearing loss occurring after bacterial labyrinthitis, it is recommended that a person is given a hearing test once they have recovered from the infection.

Permanent, severe hearing loss following bacterial labyrinthitis can sometimes be treated with a cochlear implant. This is not a conventional hearing aid, but a small electronic device fitted under the skin behind the ear during surgery.

Read more information about hearing loss.

Page last reviewed: 25/02/2013

Next review due: 25/02/2015