Does Covid-19 cause hearing loss?
When we talk about Novel Coronavirus, we always discuss its impact on our lungs. Covid-19 is spotted because of common symptoms like cough, cold, fever, fatigue, and sore throat. However, there are other known issues as well that lead to the recognition of the virus. These non-respiratory symptoms are headache, loss of smell, loss of taste, muscle ache, and back pain. Unfortunately, the virus has affected us in a number of other ways as well. Today, let’s look at the connection between Novel Coronavirus and hearing loss.
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With a steep rise in the number of Covid-19 patients, it was noticed that several patients were experiencing tinnitus, i.e., ringing in their ears and even hearing loss. Experts have termed it as ‘Covid ear.’ It is learned that the Novel Coronavirus affects the patient’s ear, nose, and throat. Researchers learned that a human ear’s inner tissue contains proteins that are easily susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 virus attack. This can be the primary reason because of which our ear shows signs of hearing loss or tinnitus.
When we talk about the Covid ear, we have to carefully examine the symptoms that can add you or your loved ones to the list of Covid ear. Some of the symptoms you should look out for are loss of hearing, tinnitus, loss of balance, and even ear pain. It was also learned that these symptoms were commonly noticed because of body-wide inflammation and the involvement of ENT in Covid-19 patients. This was the probable reason because of which forming a link between Covid-19 and hearing loss was difficult.
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While forming a link between Covid-19 and hearing loss was difficult, it was even more difficult to know how long could it last. Here, it was important to note that the severity of symptoms was the determining factor for the persistence of the Covid ear. If the symptoms were mild, the recovery was possible in a short period of time, usually 7-14 days. However, if the symptoms were severe, it was evident that the recovery in this situation would take a longer time. The best way to determine whether you have a Covid ear is to consult an ENT specialist and be sure that the symptoms are not severe.
If you are in doubt and feel that you have a Covid ear, here are some things that should be on your mind.
– Try to treat the fever with medicines available over the counter.
– Make sure that you stay hydrated all the time.
– Make sure that you eat well. Getting an adequate amount of rest is advisable.
– Look for over-the-counter cough medicines to soothe your cough and even sore throat. Honey can be a good option too!
– Get medical help if you feel that the symptoms are increasing.
Covid-19 is a problem across the globe, and it is important we take good care of ourselves all the time and even pay attention to our hearing problems so that it does not turn out to be complicated at a later stage.