COVID Symptoms Could Include Hearing Loss

Closeup of the Corona Virus

It’s been discovered that COVID-19 may cause hearing loss in certain patients.

COVID-19 has been around for a while now, and it feels like we’re still finding out new symptoms or treatments. Only recently has it been discovered that the virus may lead to hearing loss.

This study was conducted in April 2020, in which a 35-year-old woman with previously undefined tinnitus was diagnosed with COVID-19.

How COVID-19 could lead to hearing loss

We’ll state it plainly – this isn’t proven to be 100% true yet. Since there have been so many cases of COVID-19, every symptom known to man has at some point thought to have been related to COVID-19.

If someone with the virus sneezed for any reason, all sorts of research would be done into whether or not that sneeze was caused by the virus. So it’s entirely possible that that’s what’s happening here.

However, what makes this a bit different is that there is some precedence for this symptom.

Even if a patient makes a full recovery, COVID-19 can do real lasting damage to the nose and throat, as it can inflame the tissue in the respiratory system. For example, one of the few symptoms that is generally accepted worldwide is a loss of smell.

The nose and throat are two parts of a trinity that is often thought of as an interwoven system. The third part of the trinity is the ears, and when combined they form otorhinolaryngology! Oto – ears, rhino – nose, and larynx – throat.

These three parts of the body are so connected that they’re viewed as a single field of study. So going from here, we can infer that a virus that causes damage to the nose and throat tissue might have a similar effect on the ears.

Future steps

We don’t need to tell you that there is a ton of research being done on COVID-19. It’s been looked at from every angle, but there’s so much news and information that it’s hard to keep up.

Once the dust settles and the human race gets a grip on this virus, maybe we’ll know all its modus operandi and side effects. Until then, hearing loss is a possible side effect, but may only be occurring in some patients due to other conditions. Keep your eyes and ears on us to find out!

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Duncan is an Australian-born American-raised creative writer with a passion for healthy ears. He continues to build upon his audiology qualifications with research and various courses.

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