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One of the most uncommon symptoms of COVID-19 is that it can temporarily deaden your senses of smell and taste. We know that one of the first symptoms is loss of smell. But COVID-19 affects more than just your sense of taste and smell. Sensorineural hearing loss is an unusual and long-term problem according to new findings.

How Can COVID-19 Result In Hearing Loss?

Every day scientists are finding out more about COVID-19. But there’s still a lot we don’t understand. 2019 is when the virus was first observed. New pathogens usually take years or even decades for scientists to identify. And COVIC-19 is particularly challenging because it effects different individuals in different ways.

There are a wide variety of symptoms you can experience. And irreversible hearing loss can be one of them. Why this occurs is still not evident. It might be something known as “cellular stress” caused by the virus. According to this theory, COVID places so much stress on your body that certain cells (like those responsible for hearing) begin to break down. But this kind of hearing loss may also be the result of your body’s own immune response. Considerable damage can be done to your body when your immune system overcompensates.

Additionally, when other COVID symptoms are almost gone, this hearing loss can still show up. Again, we aren’t really sure why this happens. We also have no clue why it’s more or less likely to occur.

Can This Hearing Loss be Managed?

Irreversible sensorineural hearing loss is possible as a result of COVID-19. There might be some treatment possibilities depending on specific variables. It’s already been discovered that early steroid treatments appear to help protect your hearing from additional damage. It’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible if you experience sudden loss of hearing.

In either case, once you’ve totally recovered from your COVID-19 experience, it might be a smart move to visit us and undergo a hearing examination.

But it’s worth noting that there are a couple of qualifiers to all of this. First and foremost, hearing loss does seem to be a fairly uncommon symptom of COVID. We don’t know yet how common this particular symptom is yet. But it’s likely that the science on COVID will keep updating and changing as scientists discover more.

Can COVID Induced Hearing Loss be Avoided?

Presently, if you already have COVID, you should let us or your doctor know as soon as possible if hearing changes suddenly. An early response may help reduce lasting hearing loss.

Try to stay healthy: Safeguarding yourself from contracting COVID-19 is the best way to avoid this type of hearing loss. So when it comes to things such as social distancing, social gatherings, and wearing a mask, follow the guidelines.

This symptom does occur though it’s rare. And you will be that much better off with more knowledge about hearing loss and COIVID. It’s a good choice to come in for a test if you think you’ve suffered hearing damage.

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