COVID-19 has a few uncommon symptoms including dampening your sense of taste and smell. Indeed, loss of smell is often one of the initial indications of infection. But COVID-19 impacts more than just your sense of smell and taste. Sensorineural hearing loss is an unusual and permanent problem according to new findings.
How is Hearing Loss Caused by COVID-19?
Each day scientists are discovering more with regards to COVID-19. But we’re truly in the dark in many ways. The virus itself was only first observed in late 2019. Usually, scientists work for years, even decades, to fully identify a new pathogen. And COVIC-19 is particularly difficult because it impacts different individuals in different ways.
You might experience a wide variety of symptoms. And permanent hearing loss is sometimes one of them. Why this occurs is still unknown. It could be something called “cellular stress” caused by the virus. According to this hypothesis, COVID places so much stress on your body that some cells (such as those responsible for hearing) begin to break down. But your body’s own immune response may also be responsible for this type of hearing loss. Sometimes, your immune system can go into overdrive and winds up contributing to significant damage to your body.
It’s also worth pointing out that occasionally this hearing loss can first present when other COVID symptoms are almost gone. Again, we’re not quite sure why this happens. We also have no clue why it’s more or less likely to happen.
Can This Hearing Loss be Treated?
Sensorineural hearing loss caused by COVID-19 can indeed be permanent. There may be a few treatment options depending on certain variables. Actually, researchers have already recognized that steroid treatments appear to help preserve your hearing, especially if you get early treatment. It’s important to see a doctor right away if you experience sudden hearing loss.
Having 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. First and foremost, hearing loss does seem to be a relatively uncommon symptom of COVID. We don’t know yet how widespread this particular symptom is yet. But it’s likely that the science on COVID will continue to update and change as scientists learn more.
Can COVID Induced Hearing Loss be Avoided?
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 may help lessen lasting hearing loss.
Try to stay healthy: The best way to protect against COVID-related hearing loss is to do whatever you can to avoid getting COVID in the first place. This means sticking with guidelines when it comes to social gatherings, physical distancing, and wearing a mask.
While this particular symptom isn’t common, it still occurs. And you will be substantially better off with more knowledge about hearing loss and COIVID. It’s a good choice to come in for a test if you think you have suffered hearing damage.