Can COVID or Long COVID cause hearing loss?

April 2023.

Emerging evidence suggests that COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, can be associated with hearing-related symptoms, including hearing loss. However, the exact mechanisms and prevalence of these symptoms are still being studied, and the relationship between COVID-19 and hearing loss is not yet fully understood.

Several reports and studies have documented cases of individuals experiencing hearing loss or other auditory symptoms after contracting COVID-19. Some individuals have reported sudden hearing loss, while others have described milder forms of hearing impairment, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), or dizziness. These symptoms have been observed in both symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 cases.

It is important to note that while there have been anecdotal reports and case studies, the overall incidence of COVID-19-related hearing loss appears to be relatively low. Furthermore, not all individuals who contract COVID-19 will experience hearing-related symptoms, and the severity and duration of these symptoms can vary.

Additionally, it is still unclear whether the hearing loss associated with COVID-19 is permanent or temporary. Some individuals have reported recovery of their hearing over time, while others have experienced persistent hearing loss.

As for Long COVID, which refers to the lingering symptoms and complications that some individuals experience after the acute phase of COVID-19, there have been reports of auditory symptoms in Long COVID patients as well. These symptoms may include ongoing hearing loss, tinnitus, and other auditory disturbances. However, further research is needed to fully understand the long-term impact of COVID-19 on hearing and to determine the prevalence and mechanisms of these symptoms.

If you have concerns about COVID-19 and its potential impact on your hearing or if you experience any auditory symptoms after contracting the virus, it is recommended to consult with an audiologist for proper evaluation, diagnosis, and appropriate management.

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