COVID-19 has a few unusual symptoms including dampening your sense of taste and smell. 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 unusual and long-term problem according to new findings.
How is Hearing Loss Triggered by COVID-19?
Each day scientists are discovering more about COVID-19. But we’re really in the dark in many ways. 2019 is when the virus was first observed. New pathogens usually take years or decades for scientists to describe. And COVIC-19 can be particularly difficult because it impacts different individuals in different ways.
There are a wide variety of symptoms you can experience. And permanent hearing loss can be one of them. Why this happens is still not known. The virus may be creating a response called “cellular stress”. According to this theory, COVID puts so much stress on your body that certain cells (like those responsible for hearing) start to break down. But this form of hearing loss might also be the result of your body’s own immune response. Sometimes, your immune system can go into overdrive and winds up contributing to significant damage to your body.
It’s also worth noting that occasionally this hearing loss can first appear when other COVID symptoms are on their way out. The exact timing isn’t precisely understood. We also don’t have a solid grasp of what sort of underlying circumstances would cause COVID-related hearing loss to become more or less likely to occur.
Can This Hearing Loss be Treated?
Sensorineural hearing loss caused by COVID-19 can indeed be permanent. Of course, there are many variables, and there are a few treatments, too. It’s already been discovered that early steroid treatments seem to help protect your hearing from further damage. If you are affected by sudden loss of hearing, you should see a doctor.
In either case, once you’ve totally recovered from your COVID-19 situation, it might be a good move to visit us and have a hearing examination.
There are several qualifiers to all of this that are worth pointing out. First of all, hearing loss does seem to be a relatively uncommon symptom of COVID. We don’t know yet how common this particular symptom is yet. But it’s likely that the science on COVID will continue to update and change as scientists learn more.
Can You Avoid COVID-Related Hearing Loss?
If you have sudden changes in your hearing and you have COVID-19 contact your doctor and make an appointment for a hearing exam with us. An early response could help lessen lasting hearing loss.
Try to avoid getting sick: Safeguarding yourself from getting COVID-19 is the best way to prevent this type of hearing loss. This means sticking with guidelines when it comes to social gatherings, physical distancing, and wearing a mask.
This symptom does occur though it’s rare. And the more facts you have about COVID and hearing loss, the better. It’s a good idea to come in for an evaluation if you think you’ve suffered hearing damage.