One of the most uncommon symptoms of COVID-19 is that it can temporarily deaden your senses of taste and smell. We know that one of the first signs is loss of smell. But COVID-19 impacts more than just your sense of smell and taste. Sensorineural hearing loss is an uncommon and lasting issue according to new studies.
How is Hearing Loss Caused by COVID-19?
Scientists are learning more about COVID-19 each day. But we’re truly in the dark in a lot of ways. 2019 is when the virus was first observed. Normally, scientists work for years, even decades, to thoroughly describe a new pathogen. And COVIC-19 can be especially difficult because it effects different people in different ways.
There are a wide variety of symptoms you can experience. And irreversible hearing loss is sometimes one of them. Scientists still aren’t certain why that happens. The virus may be triggering a reaction known as “cellular stress”. Some cells (such as the cells in your ear) will begin to breakdown, according to this hypothesis, because the virus places so much stress on the body. But this form of hearing loss could also be the result of your body’s own immune reaction. Significant damage can be done to your body when your immune system overcompensates.
It’s also worth pointing out that sometimes this hearing loss can first present when other COVID symptoms are almost gone. The exact timing isn’t precisely known. Nor do we have a good understanding of what kind of underlying circumstances might cause COVID-related hearing loss to be more or less likely to take place.
Is There Any Treatment For This Sort of Hearing Loss?
Sensorineural hearing loss triggered by COVID-19 can certainly be permanent. Of course, there are a lot of variables, and there are a few treatments, too. It’s already been observed that early steroid treatments appear to help protect your hearing from added damage. If you do experience sudden loss of hearing, you should speak with a doctor.
Having a hearing exam 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 of all, hearing loss does appear to be a relatively uncommon symptom of COVID. At the moment, we’re not sure how common this symptom is. But as scientists discover more about COVID-19 the science will adjust.
Can You Prevent COVID-Related Hearing Loss?
Right now, if you already have COVID, you need to let us or your doctor know right away if hearing changes suddenly. An early response could help minimize lasting hearing loss.
Try to avoid getting sick: Safeguarding yourself from getting COVID-19 is the best way to prevent this kind of hearing loss. This means sticking with guidelines regarding social gatherings, physical distancing, and wearing a mask.
While this specific symptom is uncommon, it still happens. And you will be that much better off with more insight about hearing loss and COIVID. It’s a good idea to come in for a test if you think you have suffered hearing damage.