COVID-19 has some unusual symptoms like dampening your sense of smell and taste. Indeed, loss of smell is often one of the first indications of infection. But your sense of smell and taste aren’t the only sense affected by COVID-19. Sensorineural hearing loss is an uncommon and permanent problem according to new studies.
How is Hearing Loss Caused by COVID-19?
Scientists are discovering more about COVID-19 every single day. But we’re really in the dark in a lot of ways. The virus itself was only first discovered late in 2019. New pathogens normally take years or decades for scientists to identify. One thing we’re discovering about COVID is that it affects different individuals in many different ways (making it a particularly difficult and challenging nemesis).
You may experience a wide range of symptoms. And one of those symptoms is permanent hearing loss. Scientists still aren’t certain why that happens. It may be something known as “cellular stress” caused by the virus. Certain cells (like the cells in your ear) will start to breakdown, according to this hypothesis, because the virus puts so much stress on the body. 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.
Also, when other COVID symptoms are going away, this hearing loss can still show up. Again, we aren’t quite sure why this happens. Nor do we have a solid grasp of what sort of underlying conditions might cause COVID-related hearing loss to become more or less likely to take place.
Can This Hearing Loss be Treated?
Irreversible sensorineural hearing loss is possible with COVID-19. Of course, there are many variables, and there are some treatments, also. It’s already been discovered that early steroid treatments appear to help protect your hearing from added damage. If you do experience sudden loss of hearing, you need to see a doctor.
In either case, once you’ve fully recovered from your COVID-19 experience, it might be a smart move to visit us and get a hearing examination.
But it’s worth pointing out that there are a couple of qualifiers to all of this. Hearing loss, first off, isn’t a very common COVID symptom. At the moment, we’re not certain how common this symptom is. But as scientists learn more about COVID-19 the science will adjust.
Can COVID Related Hearing Loss be Avoided?
Right now, if you already have COVID, you need to let us or your doctor know right away if you have any sudden change to your hearing. An early response may help reduce long-term hearing loss.
Try to remain healthy: Safeguarding yourself from contracting COVID-19 is the best way to prevent this kind of hearing loss. This means following guidelines when it comes to social gatherings, physical distancing, and wearing a mask.
This symptom does occur though it’s rare. And you will be that much better off with more insight about hearing loss and COIVID. It’s a good decision to come in for an evaluation if you think you have suffered hearing damage.