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Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031
Hearing & Balance Doctors is currently open. We are taking special measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 including offering a curbside service for hearing aids. Please call 435-688-8991 for more information. Utah: 435-688-8991 | Nevada: 702-896-0031

Does COVID-19 Impact Hearing Issues?

Does COVID-19 Impact Hearing Issues
The COVID-19 coronavirus seems to be all that anyone can talk about lately—especially with its everchanging list of symptoms. Have a fever? You might have it. Lose your sense of smell? You might have it. Have a headache? You might have it. Can’t taste food? You might have it. Not showing any symptoms at all? You might have it.

There are a variety of symptoms and side effects that could make an appearance after you’ve tested positive for COVID-19. But recent studies have shown that another sense might be impacted as well—your hearing.

If you’ve noticed a recent loss in hearing following a positive COVID diagnosis, the team at Hearing & Balance Doctors can perform a diagnostic hearing evaluation.

Is Hearing Loss a Side Effect of COVID-19?

In recent months, small studies have been done across the globe to determine if patients recovering from COVID-19 noticed any signs of hearing loss. One study looked at 214 novel coronavirus patients and found that 36.4% of them had symptoms of neurologic manifestations involving the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, and skeletal muscles. While initial evidence suggests that COVID-19 may cause damage to the inner ear, the limited number of studies and evidence make it hard to definitively claim that hearing loss is a side effect.

Viruses That Cause Hearing Loss

Although there isn’t conclusive evidence that the novel coronavirus will have a long-term impact on hearing, it’s not that farfetched of a speculation. Plenty of other viruses wreak havoc on the human body, such as mumps, measles, rubella, meningitis, syphilis, and AIDS—all of which are associated with hearing loss. This virus seemingly has no limits and can spread well beyond the respiratory tract into the nervous system. While not proven, recent evidence suggests that the novel coronavirus may lead to auditory neuropathy, a hearing disorder where the ear can successfully detect sound but has a problem transmitting the sound along the auditory nerve to the brain. This can make it difficult for people with auditory neuropathy to decipher noises when there is loud background noise.

The Final Verdict

Before a conclusion can be made regarding hearing loss as a side effect of the novel coronavirus, more studies would need to be done. The sample size of patients would need to be much greater and have more variety, providing a more well-rounded picture. When possible, it would be helpful to have a test done before and after someone is infected to see the direct impact that COVID-19 has on a person’s hearing.

Whether your hearing loss is from the virus or from something else, you’ll want to have your ears checked out to determine the cause and find a solution.

Hearing Issues? Call Hearing & Balance Doctors

If you need hearing services, whether you need a comprehensive hearing evaluation, hearing aids, tinnitus treatment, or balance services, you can contact us for assistance. Hearing & Balance Doctors provides the highest quality of care provided by the highest credentialed professionals. We offer a wide range of services and specialized tools that can help you enjoy a higher quality of hearing. Contact our team to schedule an appointment.

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