COVID-19 has a few unusual symptoms such as dampening your sense of smell and taste. We know that one of the first symptoms is loss of smell. But your sense of smell and taste aren’t the only sense affected by COVID-19. Sensorineural hearing loss is an unusual and permanent problem according to new findings.
How Can COVID-19 Cause Hearing Loss?
Scientists are discovering more about COVID-19 every single day. But we’re really in the dark in many ways. 2019 is when the virus was first discovered. New pathogens usually take years or even decades for scientists to identify. One thing we’re discovering about COVID is that it impacts different people in countless different ways (making it a really tricky and challenging problem).
There are numerous symptoms you can experience. And irreversible hearing loss can be one of them. Why this happens is still not known. The virus might be creating a reaction known as “cellular stress”. Based on this theory, COVID puts so much stress on your body that certain cells (like those responsible for hearing) start to break down. But this type of hearing loss might also be the result of your body’s own immune response. Considerable damage can be done to your body when your immune system overcompensates.
Additionally, when other COVID symptoms are almost gone, this hearing loss can still become apparent. The exact timing isn’t really known. We are also clueless why it’s more or less likely to occur.
Is There Any Treatment For This Kind of Hearing Loss?
Permanent sensorineural hearing loss is possible as a result of COVID-19. There might be a few treatment options depending on certain variables. As a matter of fact, researchers have already recognized that steroid treatments appear to help protect your hearing, particularly if you undergo early treatment. If you are affected by sudden loss of hearing, you should talk to a doctor.
Getting a hearing test after your COVID has passed is always a good idea.
There are several 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 prevalent this particular symptom is at this point. But it’s likely that the science on COVID will keep updating and changing as scientists discover more.
Can COVID Induced Hearing Loss be Prevented?
Presently, if you already have COVID, you should let us or your doctor know right away if you have any sudden change to your hearing. An early response could help lessen lasting hearing loss.
Try to prevent getting sick: The best way to prevent COVID-related hearing loss is to do whatever you can to steer clear of getting COVID in the first place. So with regards to things such as social distancing, social gatherings, and wearing a mask, follow the guidelines.
While this particular symptom isn’t common, it still happens. And the more information you have about COVID and hearing loss, the better. If you think you’ve already suffered hearing damage, it’s probably a good idea to come in and get examined.