COVID-19 has a few uncommon symptoms such as dampening your sense of taste and smell. Indeed, loss of smell is often one of the initial symptoms of infection. But your sense of smell and taste aren’t the only sense affected by COVID-19. Sensorineural hearing loss is an uncommon and long-term issue according to new studies.
How is Hearing Loss Caused by COVID-19?
Scientists are discovering more about COVID-19 every single day. But we’re truly in the dark in many ways. The virus itself was only first observed in late 2019. Normally, scientists work for years, if not decades, to completely identify a new pathogen. And COVIC-19 is particularly challenging because it impacts different people in different ways.
You could experience a wide range of symptoms. And one of those symptoms is irreversible hearing loss. Why this occurs is still unknown. It could be something known as “cellular stress” caused by the virus. According to this theory, COVID puts so much stress on your body that certain cells (such as those responsible for hearing) begin to break down. But your body’s own immune response might also be responsible for this type of hearing loss. Significant damage can be done to your body when your immune system goes into overdrive.
Additionally, when other COVID symptoms are almost gone, this hearing loss can still show up. Again, we aren’t really sure why this occurs. We also have no clue why it’s more or less likely to happen.
Is There Any Treatment For This Type of Hearing Loss?
Irreversible 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 discovered that early steroid treatments appear to help protect your hearing from additional damage. If you are affected by sudden loss of hearing, you should speak with a doctor.
Getting a hearing test after your COVID has passed is always a smart idea.
But it’s worth pointing out that there are a couple of qualifiers to all of this. Hearing loss, first off, isn’t a very common COVID symptom. We don’t know yet how common 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 You Prevent COVID-Induced Hearing Loss?
Right now, if you’re already suffering with COVID, you should let us or your doctor know as soon as possible if hearing changes suddenly. An early response might help decrease lasting hearing loss.
Try to stay healthy: Safeguarding yourself from getting COVID-19 is the best way to avoid this kind of hearing loss. This means following guidelines when it comes to social gatherings, physical distancing, and wearing a mask.
This symptom does happen though it’s rare. And the more facts you have about 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 evaluated.