Symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, include coughing, shortness of breath, sore throat, and in some cases it may cause neurological symptoms.
A study was conducted on 214 patients who had different degrees of respiratory problems due to the coronavirus. There were 36.4% of patients who showed neurological symptoms that were linked to the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system and skeletal muscles. There was also evidence that the virus could damage the hearing structures located in the inner ear.
As of now, there is not a lot of evidence that directly correlates COVID-19 with tinnitus. The American Tinnitus Association reported that pre-existing behavioral conditions might raise the risk of tinnitus, due to stress and depression that is linked to social isolation and not coming in contact with others to prevent infection.
For example, those who already have an anxiety disorder are about seven times more likely to suffer from chronic and severe tinnitus. In a time when people are being more cautious due to the risk of infection, while socially isolating in order to prevent the spread, anxiety and depression have been prevailing emotions that are being experienced by many.
Medications as a Possible Risk of Hearing Loss
It is currently unknown as to whether a coronavirus vaccine would be considered ototoxic (medications that are harmful to your ears).
The quinine family of drugs, an anti-parasite drug, has been used as a prophylactic preventative for malaria. It has some history of being ototoxic.
Hearing Healthcare Providers are utilizing new Safety Measures
Our current concerns are preventing the spread of COVID-19. Treatment for hearing loss - like many essential healthcare services - incorporate practices that make it challenging, but possible, to safely social distance. Proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), curbside services and appropriate in-office social procedures are being implemented to substantially limit potential exposure to both the patient and the healthcare provider.
Hearing well is very important, especially under these circumstances. Visitors who stop by Pure Sound should know that we are delivering the best hearing practices, services and safety measures.
Please be aware that Pure Sound services will only be available by appointment and for essential visits at this time. Essential visits include all appointments that require new hearing aid fittings, repairs and re-fittings. If you need hearing aid service, we ask that you please wait in your car, while wearing your mask, and place your hearing aids in a clean zip lock bag. A staff member from our office will come to your car to get them. If you are having any problems with your hearing aids, or need supplies for your hearing aids, please call us before visiting one of our offices.