One of the most unusual symptoms of COVID-19 is that it can temporarily deaden your senses of taste and smell. 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. New discoveries are uncovering an unusual, but longer-term problem: irreversible sensorineural hearing loss.
How Can COVID-19 Result In Hearing Loss?
Every day scientists are finding out more with regards to 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. And COVIC-19 is particularly difficult because it effects different individuals in different ways.
You may experience a wide variety of symptoms. And one of those symptoms is permanent hearing loss. Researchers still aren’t sure why that happens. The virus may be creating a reaction known as “cellular stress”. Based on this hypothesis, COVID places so much stress on your body that certain cells (like those responsible for hearing) begin to break down. But your body’s own immune response could also be responsible for this type of hearing loss. Considerable damage can be done to your body when your immune system overcompensates.
Also, when other COVID symptoms are almost gone, this hearing loss can still become apparent. Again, we’re not really sure why this takes place. We are also clueless why it’s more or less likely to happen.
Can This Hearing Loss be Treated?
Permanent sensorineural hearing loss is possible as a result of COVID-19. Naturally, there are many variables, and there are a few treatments, also. It’s already been observed that early steroid treatments seem to help protect your hearing from added damage. It’s essential to see a doctor as soon as possible if you experience sudden loss of hearing.
Either way, once you’ve completely recovered from your COVID-19 experience, it might be a smart plan to visit us and get a hearing screening.
But it’s worth noting that there are a few qualifiers to all of this. Hearing loss, first off, is not a very common COVID symptom. At the moment, we’re not certain how common this symptom is. But as scientists discover more about COVID-19 the science will adjust.
Can COVID Related Hearing Loss be Avoided?
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. Long-term hearing loss can be decreased by rapid response.
Try to avoid getting sick: Safeguarding yourself from getting COVID-19 is the best way to avoid this kind of hearing loss. So with regards to things like social distancing, social gatherings, and wearing a mask, stick to the guidelines.
While this specific symptom is uncommon, it still happens. And the more information you have concerning COVID and hearing loss, the better. It’s a good decision to come in for an evaluation if you think you’ve suffered hearing damage.