COVID-19 has some unusual symptoms including dampening your sense of taste and smell. We know that one of the first signs is loss of the sense of smell. But your sense of smell and taste aren’t the only sense impacted by COVID-19. Sensorineural hearing loss is an unusual and long-term issue according to new findings.
How Can COVID-19 Cause Hearing Loss?
Each day scientists are learning more with regards to COVID-19. But we’re truly in the dark in many ways. The virus itself was only first observed in late 2019. New pathogens often take years or even decades for scientists to describe. One thing we’re discovering about COVID is that it impacts different individuals in a lot of different ways (making it a particularly tricky and challenging problem).
There are a wide variety of symptoms you can experience. And one of those symptoms is lasting hearing loss. Why this happens is still not evident. The virus might be creating a reaction known as “cellular stress”. Some cells (like the cells in your ear) will start to deteriorate, according to this theory, because the virus puts so much stress on the body. But this form of hearing loss may also be a result of your body’s own immune response. Significant damage can be done to your body when your immune system overcompensates.
Additionally, when other COVID symptoms are almost gone, this hearing loss can still become apparent. The exact timing isn’t precisely understood. Nor do we have a solid grasp of what sort of underlying circumstances might cause COVID-related hearing loss to be more or less likely to happen.
Is There Any Treatment For This Type of Hearing Loss?
Sensorineural hearing loss caused by COVID-19 can certainly be permanent. Needless to say, there are many variables, and there are some treatments, too. It’s already been discovered that early steroid treatments seem to help protect your hearing from additional damage. It’s essential to see a doctor as soon as possible if you experience sudden loss of hearing.
Either way, once you’ve completely recovered from your COVID-19 experience, it might be a smart idea to visit us and get a hearing test.
There are several qualifiers to all of this that should be pointed out. First of all, hearing loss does appear to be a relatively uncommon symptom of COVID. At the moment, we’re not sure how common this symptom is. But it’s likely that the science on COVID will continue to update and change as scientists discover more.
Can COVID Related Hearing Loss be Avoided?
If you have sudden changes in your hearing and you have COVID-19 get in touch with your doctor and make an appointment for a hearing examination with us. Long-term hearing loss can be reduced by quick response.
Try to stay healthy: The best way to protect against COVID-related hearing loss is to do everything possible to avoid getting COVID in the first place. This means following guidelines in regards to social gatherings, physical distancing, and wearing a mask.
This symptom does occur though it’s rare. And the more information you have about COVID and hearing loss, the better. It’s a good decision to come in for an assessment if you think you have suffered hearing damage.