One of the most uncommon symptoms of COVID-19 is that it’s able to temporarily dampen your senses of smell and taste. Indeed, loss of smell is often one of the first symptoms of infection. But COVID-19 affects more than just your sense of taste and smell. Sensorineural hearing loss is an unusual and lasting problem according to new findings.
How Can COVID-19 Result In Hearing Loss?
Scientists are discovering more about COVID-19 each day. But there’s still a lot we don’t know. 2019 is when the virus was first discovered. New pathogens normally take years or even decades for scientists to describe. And COVIC-19 is especially difficult because it effects different people in different ways.
You may experience a wide array of symptoms. And one of those symptoms is lasting hearing loss. Researchers still aren’t sure why that is. The virus might be creating a reaction called “cellular stress”. Some cells (such as the cells in your ear) will begin to breakdown, according to this theory, because the virus puts so much stress on the body. But this kind of hearing loss may also be the result of your body’s own immune response. On occasion, your immune system can go into overdrive and winds up causing considerable damage to your body.
It’s also worth pointing out that occasionally this hearing loss can first present when other COVID symptoms are almost gone. The actual timing isn’t really known. Nor do we have a good grasp of what type of underlying conditions might cause COVID-related hearing loss to be more or less likely to take place.
Is There Any Treatment For This Type of Hearing Loss?
Sensorineural hearing loss triggered by COVID-19 can indeed be permanent. There might be some treatment options depending on specific variables. It’s already been observed that early steroid treatments appear to help protect your hearing from further damage. It’s important 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 may be a smart idea to visit us and have a hearing examination.
But it’s worth mentioning that there are a couple of qualifiers to all of this. First of all, hearing loss does seem to be a fairly uncommon symptom of COVID. We don’t know yet how prevalent this particular symptom is yet. But as scientists discover more about COVID-19 the science will adjust.
Can COVID Induced Hearing Loss be Prevented?
Presently, if you’re already suffering with COVID, you need to let us or your doctor know right away if hearing changes suddenly. Lasting hearing loss can be minimized by quick response.
Try to avoid getting sick: Safeguarding yourself from contracting 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 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 assessment if you think you’ve suffered hearing damage.