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 initial signs of infection. But COVID-19 affects more than just your sense of smell and taste. Sensorineural hearing loss is an unusual and lasting problem according to new findings.
How Can COVID-19 Lead to Hearing Loss?
Each day scientists are discovering more with regards to COVID-19. But we’re really in the dark in a lot of ways. 2019 is when the virus was first observed. Usually, scientists work for years, even decades, to fully describe a new pathogen. And COVIC-19 is particularly challenging because it effects different people in different ways.
There are numerous symptoms you can suffer from. And one of those symptoms is lasting hearing loss. Why this happens is still unknown. The virus could be causing a reaction known as “cellular stress”. According to this hypothesis, COVID puts so much strain on your body that certain cells (like those responsible for hearing) begin to deteriorate. But your body’s own immune response could also be responsible for this kind of hearing loss. Considerable damage can be done to your body when your immune system goes into overdrive.
It’s also worth noting that occasionally this hearing loss can first appear when other COVID symptoms are almost gone. Again, we’re not really sure why this happens. We also don’t have a solid understanding of what kind of underlying circumstances would cause COVID-related hearing loss to become more or less likely to happen.
Is There Any Treatment For This Sort of Hearing Loss?
Sensorineural hearing loss triggered by COVID-19 can definitely be permanent. There might be a few treatment options depending on certain variables. In fact, researchers have noticed already that steroid treatments seem to help preserve your hearing, especially if you undergo early treatment. If you do experience sudden loss of hearing, you need to consult a doctor.
Having 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. Hearing loss, first off, is not a very common COVID symptom. We don’t know yet how prevalent this particular symptom is at this point. But as scientists discover more about COVID-19 the science will adjust.
Can You Avoid COVID-Induced Hearing Loss?
If you have sudden changes in your hearing and you have COVID-19 get in touch with your doctor and make an appointment for a hearing examination with us. Long-term hearing loss can be lessened by rapid response.
Try to stay healthy: Protecting yourself from contracting COVID-19 is the best way to avoid this type of hearing loss. This means sticking with guidelines regarding social gatherings, physical distancing, and wearing a mask.
This symptom does happen though it’s rare. And the more information you have concerning COVID and hearing loss, the better. If you think you’ve already suffered hearing damage, it’s probably a wise decision to come in and get checked.