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COVID-19 has some uncommon symptoms such as dampening your sense of taste and smell. We know that one of the first signs is loss of the sense of smell. But your sense of smell and taste aren’t the only sense affected by COVID-19. Sensorineural hearing loss is an uncommon and permanent problem according to new studies.

How is Hearing Loss Brought on by COVID-19?

Scientists are learning more about COVID-19 every single day. But there’s still a lot we don’t know. 2019 is when the virus was first observed. New pathogens usually take years or decades for scientists to identify. One thing we do know about COVID is that it affects different individuals in a lot of different ways (making it an especially difficult and challenging nemesis).

There are a wide variety of symptoms you can experience. And one of those symptoms is irreversible hearing loss. Scientists still aren’t certain why that is. The virus could be creating a response known as “cellular stress”. Certain cells (such as the cells in your ear) will start to breakdown, according to this hypothesis, because the virus places so much strain on the body. But your body’s own immune response might also be responsible for this kind of hearing loss. Considerable damage can be done to your body when your immune system goes into overdrive.

It’s also worth noting that sometimes this hearing loss can first present when other COVID symptoms are almost gone. The actual timing isn’t precisely understood. We are also clueless why it’s more or less likely to occur.

Is There Any Treatment For This Sort of Hearing Loss?

Sensorineural hearing loss caused by COVID-19 can indeed be permanent. Of course, there are many variables, and there are a few treatments, too. 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 consult a doctor.

Either way, once you’ve completely recovered from your COVID-19 experience, it might be a good move to visit us and get a hearing screening.

But it’s worth mentioning that there are a few 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 learn more about COVID-19 the science will change.

Can You Avoid COVID-Induced Hearing Loss?

Presently, if you’re already suffering with COVID, you need to 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: Safeguarding yourself from contracting COVID-19 is the best way to prevent this type of hearing loss. So with regards to things like social distancing, social gatherings, and wearing a mask, stick to the guidelines.

While this specific symptom isn’t common, it still happens. And the more insight you have concerning COVID and hearing loss, the better. It’s a good choice to come in for an evaluation if you think you have suffered hearing damage.

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