Hearing Loss May Be Among the Long-term Complications of COVID-19
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- Research suggests that coronavirus survivors may develop long-term hearing loss, weeks to months after recovery
- Studies say one of five coronavirus cases are severe and such patients may come down with constellation of symptoms called post-COVID syndrome long after the virus has been cleared from the body
- The research team from the University of Manchester surveyed 121 coronavirus survivors eight weeks after they were discharged from the hospital
- Sixteen (13.2%) of them complained of hearing problems including ringing sounds in the ear and hearing loss
- The researchers suggested that, just as with other viral causes of hearing loss, the coronavirus may damage the auditory nerve, involved in sending sound signals to the brain, or the cochlea, which transforms sounds into nerve impulses to be transmited to the brain