COVID-19 has a few uncommon symptoms including dampening your sense of smell and taste. We know that one of the first signs is loss of smell. But your sense of smell and taste aren’t the only sense affected by COVID-19. Sensorineural hearing loss is an unusual and long-term issue according to new studies.
How is Hearing Loss Caused by COVID-19?
Every day scientists are discovering more with regards to COVID-19. But we’re really in the dark in a lot of ways. 2019 is when the virus was first discovered. New pathogens usually take years or even decades for scientists to describe. And COVIC-19 is especially challenging because it effects different people in different ways.
There are numerous symptoms you can experience. And one of those symptoms is permanent hearing loss. Scientists still aren’t sure why that happens. The virus could be causing a response known as “cellular stress”. Certain cells (such as the cells in your ear) will begin to deteriorate, according to this theory, because the virus puts so much strain on the body. But your body’s own immune response could also be responsible for this kind of hearing loss. Considerable damage can be done to your body when your immune system overcompensates.
It’s also worth noting that occasionally this hearing loss can first present when other COVID symptoms are on their way out. The actual timing isn’t precisely known. We also don’t have a good grasp of what kind of underlying conditions might cause COVID-related hearing loss to become more or less likely to take place.
Is There Any Treatment For This Sort of Hearing Loss?
Permanent sensorineural hearing loss is possible as a result of COVID-19. There may be some treatment options depending on certain variables. 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 hearing loss.
Either way, once you’ve completely recovered from your COVID-19 situation, it might be a good plan to visit us and have a hearing examination.
There are a few qualifiers to all of this that are worth pointing out. First and foremost, hearing loss does seem to be a fairly uncommon symptom of COVID. At the moment, we’re not certain how common this symptom is. But as scientists discover more about COVID-19 the science will change.
Can COVID Induced Hearing Loss be Prevented?
Presently, if you already have COVID, you should let us or your doctor know as soon as possible if you have any sudden change to your hearing. Long-term hearing loss can be decreased by rapid response.
Try to remain healthy: Protecting yourself from getting COVID-19 is the best way to avoid this type of hearing loss. So when it comes to things like social distancing, social gatherings, and wearing a mask, stick to the guidelines.
While this particular symptom is uncommon, it still occurs. And you will be substantially better off with more insight about hearing loss and COIVID. If you think you’ve already had hearing damage, it’s definitely a good idea to come in and get examined.