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COVID-19 has a few uncommon symptoms such as dampening your sense of smell and taste. 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 problem according to new studies.

How Can COVID-19 Cause Hearing Loss?

Every day scientists are learning more about COVID-19. But there’s still a lot we don’t know. The virus itself was only first observed late in 2019. Usually, scientists work for years, if not decades, to completely identify a new pathogen. And COVIC-19 can be particularly difficult because it effects different people in different ways.

There are numerous symptoms you can suffer from. And one of those symptoms is permanent hearing loss. Scientists still aren’t sure why that happens. The virus could be causing a response called “cellular stress”. Certain cells (like the cells in your ear) will start to deteriorate, according to this hypothesis, because the virus puts so much strain on the body. But your body’s own immune response might also be responsible for this type of hearing loss. On occasion, your immune system can go into high gear and winds up causing considerable damage to your body.

It’s also worth noting that occasionally this hearing loss can first appear when other COVID symptoms are on their way out. The exact timing isn’t completely known. We also have no clue why it’s more or less likely to happen.

Is There Any Treatment For This Kind of Hearing Loss?

Irreversible sensorineural hearing loss is possible with COVID-19. Naturally, there are a lot of variables, and there are some treatments, also. It’s already been discovered that early steroid treatments appear to help protect your hearing from added damage. If you are affected by sudden loss of hearing, you need to consult a doctor.

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

But it’s worth pointing out that there are a few qualifiers to all of this. Hearing loss, first off, isn’t a very common COVID symptom. At the moment, we’re not certain how prevalent this symptom is. But as scientists discover more about COVID-19 the science will change.

Can COVID Induced Hearing Loss be Prevented?

Presently, if you already have 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 prevent getting sick: The best way to prevent COVID-related hearing loss is to do whatever you can to steer clear of contracting COVID in the first place. This means sticking with guidelines when it comes to social gatherings, physical distancing, and wearing a mask.

While this specific symptom is uncommon, it still occurs. And you will be that much better off with more knowledge about hearing loss and COIVID. If you think you’ve already had hearing damage, it’s probably a good idea to come in and get examined.

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