COVID-19 has a few unusual symptoms including dampening your sense of taste and smell. We know that one of the first signs is loss of the sense of smell. But COVID-19 affects more than just your sense of smell and taste. Sensorineural hearing loss is an unusual and lasting problem according to new findings.
How Can COVID-19 Cause Hearing Loss?
Scientists are discovering more about COVID-19 each day. But we’re truly in the dark in many ways. 2019 is when the virus was first observed. Usually, scientists work for years, if not decades, to fully identify a new pathogen. One thing we do know about COVID is that it impacts different individuals in a lot of different ways (making it an especially tricky and challenging problem).
You may experience a wide range of symptoms. And irreversible hearing loss can be one of them. Why this happens is still unknown. The virus could be creating a reaction known as “cellular stress”. Based on this theory, COVID puts so much strain on your body that some cells (such as those responsible for hearing) begin to deteriorate. But this kind of hearing loss might also be a result of your body’s own immune response. Significant damage can be done to your body when your immune system overcompensates.
It’s also worth pointing out that occasionally this hearing loss can first present when other COVID symptoms are on their way out. The actual timing isn’t really known. We also have no clue why it’s more or less likely to occur.
Can This Hearing Loss be Treated?
Irreversible sensorineural hearing loss is possible with COVID-19. There may be a few treatment possibilities depending on specific variables. It’s already been discovered that early steroid treatments appear to help protect your hearing from further damage. If you are affected by sudden loss of hearing, you need to consult a doctor.
Having a hearing test after your COVID has passed is always a smart idea.
But it’s worth mentioning 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. Right now, we’re not sure how prevalent this symptom is. But it’s likely that the science on COVID will continue to update and change as scientists discover more.
Can COVID Related Hearing Loss be Avoided?
Presently, if you’re already suffering with COVID, you need to let us or your doctor know right away if you have any sudden change to your hearing. An early response might help decrease lasting hearing loss.
Try to avoid getting sick: The best way to protect against COVID-related hearing loss is to do whatever you can to avoid contracting COVID in the first place. So with regards to things such as social distancing, social gatherings, and wearing a mask, follow the guidelines.
While this particular symptom is uncommon, it still occurs. And the more facts you have concerning COVID and hearing loss, the better. It’s a good decision to come in for a test if you think you’ve suffered hearing damage.