One of the most unusual symptoms of COVID-19 is that it’s able to temporarily deaden your senses of smell and taste. We know that one of the first signs is loss of smell. But your sense of smell and taste aren’t the only sense affected by COVID-19. New studies are uncovering an uncommon, but longer-term problem: long lasting sensorineural hearing loss.
How Can COVID-19 Cause Hearing Loss?
Scientists are learning more about COVID-19 each day. But we’re truly in the dark in many ways. The virus itself was only first observed late in 2019. New pathogens often take years or decades for scientists to identify. And COVIC-19 can be especially challenging because it effects different individuals in different ways.
You may experience a wide variety of symptoms. And one of those symptoms is irreversible hearing loss. Researchers still aren’t certain why that happens. The virus could be triggering a response known as “cellular stress”. According to this theory, 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 may also be responsible for this type of hearing loss. Sometimes, your immune system can go into overdrive and ends up contributing to considerable damage to your body.
It’s also worth noting that occasionally this hearing loss can first present when other COVID symptoms are almost gone. The actual timing isn’t completely understood. We also have no clue why it’s more or less likely to occur.
Is There Any Treatment For This Type of Hearing Loss?
Irreversible sensorineural hearing loss is possible as a result of COVID-19. There might be some treatment possibilities depending on specific variables. It’s already been discovered that early steroid treatments appear to help protect your hearing from further damage. If you do experience sudden loss of hearing, you need to speak with a doctor.
In either case, once you’ve completely recovered from your COVID-19 situation, it may be a good move to visit us and have a hearing test.
There are a couple of qualifiers to all of this that are worth pointing out. Hearing loss, first off, isn’t a very common COVID symptom. Right now, we’re not certain how prevalent this symptom is. But as scientists discover more about COVID-19 the science will adjust.
Can You Prevent COVID-Related Hearing Loss?
If you have sudden changes in your hearing and you have COVID-19 contact your doctor and schedule a hearing examination with us. Long-term hearing loss can be decreased by rapid response.
Try to avoid getting sick: Protecting yourself from getting COVID-19 is the best way to avoid this kind of hearing loss. This means sticking with guidelines regarding social gatherings, physical distancing, and wearing a mask.
While this specific symptom is uncommon, it still occurs. And the more facts you have about COVID and hearing loss, the better. If you think you’ve already suffered hearing damage, it’s definitely a good idea to come in and get examined.