One of the most uncommon symptoms of COVID-19 is that it’s able to temporarily dampen your senses of smell and taste. We know that one of the first symptoms is loss of smell. But your sense of smell and taste aren’t the only sense impacted by COVID-19. Sensorineural hearing loss is an uncommon and long-term problem according to new studies.
How is Hearing Loss Triggered by COVID-19?
Every 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 discovered late in 2019. Usually, scientists work for years, even decades, to thoroughly describe a new pathogen. And COVIC-19 can be especially challenging because it impacts different individuals in different ways.
You could experience a wide range of symptoms. And one of those symptoms is permanent hearing loss. Why this occurs is still not evident. The virus may be causing a response known as “cellular stress”. According to this theory, COVID places so much strain on your body that certain cells (like those responsible for hearing) start to break down. But your body’s own immune response might also be responsible for this kind of hearing loss. Significant damage can be done to your body when your immune system goes into overdrive.
Additionally, when other COVID symptoms are going away, this hearing loss can still become apparent. The actual timing isn’t really known. We also don’t have a solid grasp of what type of underlying conditions would cause COVID-related hearing loss to be more or less likely to occur.
Can This Hearing Loss be Treated?
Irreversible sensorineural hearing loss is possible with COVID-19. There might be a few treatment options depending on specific variables. It’s already been observed that early steroid treatments seem to help protect your hearing from further damage. If you do experience sudden loss of hearing, you need to see a doctor.
Either way, once you’ve totally recovered from your COVID-19 situation, it might be a smart idea to visit us and get a hearing test.
But it’s worth noting that there are a couple of qualifiers to all of this. First of all, hearing loss does appear to be a fairly uncommon symptom of COVID. Right now, we’re not sure how prevalent this symptom is. But it’s likely that the science on COVID will keep updating and changing as scientists discover more.
Can COVID Induced 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 test with us. Long-term hearing loss can be reduced by rapid response.
Try to remain healthy: Safeguarding yourself from getting COVID-19 is the best way to avoid this type of hearing loss. This means sticking with guidelines when it comes to social gatherings, physical distancing, and wearing a mask.
While this specific symptom is uncommon, it still happens. And you will be a lot better off with more knowledge about hearing loss and COIVID. It’s a good choice to come in for a test if you think you have suffered hearing damage.