COVID-19 has a few uncommon symptoms including dampening your sense of smell and taste. Indeed, loss of smell is often one of the initial signs of infection. But your sense of smell and taste aren’t the only sense affected by COVID-19. Sensorineural hearing loss is an uncommon and permanent problem according to new findings.
How is Hearing Loss Caused by COVID-19?
Every day scientists are learning more about COVID-19. But we’re really in the dark in many ways. 2019 is when the virus was first discovered. Normally, scientists work for years, even decades, to fully describe a new pathogen. One thing we do know about COVID is that it impacts different people in countless different ways (making it a really difficult and challenging nemesis).
There are a multitude of symptoms you can experience. And permanent hearing loss is sometimes one of them. Why this happens is still not evident. The virus may be triggering a response called “cellular stress”. Based on this hypothesis, COVID places so much strain on your body that certain cells (like those responsible for hearing) start to break down. But your body’s own immune response may also be responsible for this kind of hearing loss. Sometimes, your immune system can go into high gear and ends up contributing to considerable damage to your body.
Also, when other COVID symptoms are almost gone, this hearing loss can still show up. Again, we aren’t quite certain why this takes place. We are also clueless why it’s more or less likely to happen.
Can This Hearing Loss be Managed?
Irreversible sensorineural hearing loss is possible with COVID-19. Of course, there are countless variables, and there are some treatments, too. Actually, researchers have noticed already that steroid treatments appear to help protect your hearing, particularly if you undergo early treatment. It’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible if you experience sudden loss of hearing.
Getting a hearing test after your COVID has passed is always a good idea.
There are a couple of qualifiers to all of this that are worth pointing out. First and foremost, hearing loss does appear to be a relatively uncommon symptom of COVID. We don’t know yet how common this particular symptom is yet. 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 get in touch with your doctor and schedule a hearing examination with us. An early response could help decrease lasting hearing loss.
Try to stay healthy: Protecting yourself from contracting COVID-19 is the best way to prevent this type of hearing loss. So when it comes to things such as social distancing, social gatherings, and wearing a mask, follow the guidelines.
While this particular symptom isn’t common, it still occurs. And you will be substantially better off with more knowledge about hearing loss and COIVID. If you think you’ve already had hearing damage, it’s probably a good idea to come in and get checked.