One of the most uncommon symptoms of COVID-19 is that it can temporarily deaden your senses of taste and smell. Indeed, loss of smell is often one of the first signs of infection. But COVID-19 affects more than just your sense of taste and smell. Sensorineural hearing loss is an uncommon and permanent issue according to new findings.
How is Hearing Loss Caused by COVID-19?
Every day scientists are learning more with regards to COVID-19. But there’s still a lot we don’t understand. The virus itself was only first observed late in 2019. Normally, scientists work for years, if not decades, to fully describe a new pathogen. One thing we’re discovering about COVID is that it affects different individuals in a lot of different ways (making it a really difficult and challenging problem).
You might experience a wide variety of symptoms. And permanent hearing loss is sometimes one of them. Scientists still aren’t sure why that happens. It may be something known as “cellular stress” caused by the virus. Based on this hypothesis, COVID places so much strain on your body that some cells (like those responsible for hearing) begin to break down. But your body’s own immune response might also be responsible for this type of hearing loss. Considerable damage can be done to your body when your immune system goes into overdrive.
It’s also worth noting that occasionally this hearing loss can first present when other COVID symptoms are almost gone. Again, we’re not really certain why this happens. We also don’t have a good understanding of what sort 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 specific variables. In fact, researchers have already recognized that steroid treatments seem to help safeguard your hearing, particularly if you get early treatment. If you are affected by sudden loss of hearing, you need to talk to a doctor.
Either way, once you’ve fully recovered from your COVID-19 situation, it may be a smart move to visit us and get a hearing examination.
There are a couple of qualifiers to all of this that should be pointed out. First and foremost, hearing loss does appear to be a fairly uncommon symptom of COVID. We don’t know yet how widespread this particular symptom is yet. But it’s likely that the science on COVID will continue to update and change as scientists discover more.
Can You Avoid COVID-Related Hearing Loss?
Right now, if you already have COVID, you need to let us or your doctor know right away if hearing changes suddenly. Lasting hearing loss can be lessened by quick response.
Try to stay healthy: Protecting yourself from getting COVID-19 is the best way to avoid this kind of hearing loss. This means following guidelines in regards to social gatherings, physical distancing, and wearing a mask.
This symptom does happen though it’s rare. And the more information you have about COVID and hearing loss, the better. It’s a good choice to come in for an assessment if you think you have suffered hearing damage.