COVID-19 has a few uncommon symptoms including dampening your sense of taste and smell. We know that one of the first signs 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 unusual and long-term issue according to new studies.
How is Hearing Loss Triggered by COVID-19?
Each day scientists are discovering more about COVID-19. But there’s still a lot we don’t know. 2019 is when the virus was first observed. New pathogens normally take years or even decades for scientists to identify. And COVIC-19 can be particularly challenging because it effects different people in different ways.
There are a multitude of symptoms you can experience. And one of those symptoms is irreversible hearing loss. Why this occurs is still unknown. It could be something called “cellular stress” caused by the virus. Certain cells (like the cells in your ear) will start to deteriorate, according to this theory, because the virus places so much stress on the body. But this form of hearing loss may also be the result of your body’s own immune reaction. Occasionally, your immune system can go into overdrive and ends up contributing to considerable damage to your body.
Additionally, when other COVID symptoms are going away, this hearing loss can still show up. The actual timing isn’t completely understood. Nor do we have a good 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 Kind of Hearing Loss?
Sensorineural hearing loss triggered by COVID-19 can indeed be permanent. There may be a few treatment possibilities depending on specific variables. It’s already been discovered that early steroid treatments seem to help protect your hearing from added damage. If you are affected by sudden loss of hearing, you should consult a doctor.
Either way, once you’ve completely recovered from your COVID-19 situation, it might be a smart idea to visit us and get a hearing screening.
There are a couple of qualifiers to all of this that should be pointed out. Hearing loss, first off, is not a very common COVID symptom. Right now, we’re not certain how common this symptom is. But it’s likely that the science on COVID will keep updating and changing as scientists learn more.
Can You Prevent COVID-Related Hearing Loss?
Right now, if you’re already suffering with 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 avoid getting sick: Safeguarding yourself from getting COVID-19 is the best way to avoid this type of hearing loss. So with regards to things like social distancing, social gatherings, and wearing a mask, follow the guidelines.
This symptom does happen though it’s rare. And the more insight you have concerning COVID and hearing loss, the better. It’s a good decision to come in for a test if you think you’ve suffered hearing damage.