One of the most uncommon symptoms of COVID-19 is that it’s able to temporarily dampen your senses of smell and taste. We know that one of the first symptoms is loss of the sense 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 lasting problem according to new studies.
How is Hearing Loss Brought on by COVID-19?
Scientists are learning more about COVID-19 each day. But we’re really in the dark in many ways. The virus itself was only first discovered late in 2019. Usually, scientists work for years, if not decades, to fully identify a new pathogen. And COVIC-19 is particularly challenging because it impacts different individuals in different ways.
There are lots of symptoms you can experience. And permanent hearing loss can be one of them. Researchers still aren’t sure why that happens. The virus may be creating a response known as “cellular stress”. Based on this theory, COVID puts so much stress on your body that some cells (like those responsible for hearing) begin to break down. But your body’s own immune response could also be responsible for this kind of hearing loss. On occasion, your immune system can go into high gear and winds up causing significant damage to your body.
Also, when other COVID symptoms are almost gone, this hearing loss can still become apparent. The exact timing isn’t completely known. Nor do we have a good understanding of what type of underlying circumstances would cause COVID-related hearing loss to become more or less likely to happen.
Can This Hearing Loss be Managed?
Irreversible sensorineural hearing loss is possible as a result of COVID-19. Naturally, there are a lot of variables, and there are a few treatments, too. It’s already been observed that early steroid treatments appear to help protect your hearing from added damage. It’s essential to see a doctor right away if you experience sudden hearing loss.
Getting a hearing test after your COVID has passed is always a smart idea.
But it’s worth mentioning that there are a few qualifiers to all of this. First of all, hearing loss does appear to be a relatively uncommon symptom of COVID. We don’t know yet how common this particular symptom is at this point. But as scientists learn more about COVID-19 the science will adjust.
Can COVID Related Hearing Loss be Avoided?
If you have sudden changes in your hearing and you have COVID-19 get in touch with your doctor and schedule a hearing exam with us. Lasting hearing loss can be lessened by quick response.
Try to avoid getting sick: 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, stick to the guidelines.
This symptom does occur though it’s rare. And you will be a lot better off with more insight about hearing loss and COIVID. It’s a good idea to come in for a test if you think you’ve suffered hearing damage.