Here’s our continuing coverage on COVID-19 and hearing health news.
A number of studies have concluded that COVID-19 can be linked to hearing loss, ear pain, dizziness, and tinnitus. So far, the studies indicated that COVID itself does NOT cause issues with hearing, but it’s possible that symptoms related to it can lead to hearing loss. Approximately 7-15% of patients with COVID have complained about hearing-related problems. There may be a higher risk of developing these symptoms if patients have been hospitalized.
COVID’s link to Hearing Loss Did Not Surprise People in the Hearing Healthcare Field
The reason why it didn’t surprise most that COVID and hearing loss is because:
Can Temporary or Permanent Hearing Loss Occur?
It is unknown how long hearing-related symptoms last and possible long-term outcomes. More research is necessary. If you are experiencing any new hearing problems, specifically if it’s sudden hearing loss and COVID-related, see your family doctor.
Risks of Waiting too long to see a Hearing Healthcare Provider
It is unknown as to what the long-term symptoms are from COVID-related hearing problems. We do understand those hearing problems can complicate methods of communication. This can lead to social isolation, depression, and loneliness. As a result, dementia or Alzheimer’s can set in.
If you are noticing hearing loss for any reason and believe hearing aids may be a solution, please contact us at Pure Sound Hearing for a complimentary hearing test and consultation.