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COVID-19 can lead to permanent loss of hearing! A new study suggests.

By Sharonya Kundu

According to the researchers, the after-effects of novel coronavirus can lead to sudden and permanent hearing loss in some patients. Spreading awareness of this possible side effect is important as these patients may require to be on steroids to prevent hearing loss. We still do not know about the actual cause of this side effect but the condition sometimes follows a viral infection such as flu or herpes.

The case study stated a 45-year-old man who had suffered from hearing loss while he was being treated for coronavirus in a hospital. He was admitted to the hospital on the 10th day of coronavirus symptoms and required cannulation. He was then shifted to the ICU and was cannulated for a month. Then he suffered from a bilateral pulmonary embolism, anaemia, pulmonary hypertension, and ventilator-associated pneumonia. He started to improve after he was given steroids, plasma exchange, and remdesivir. Few days after extubation, he noticed tinnitus in his left ear and sudden onset of loss of hearing. He had no history of hearing loss and no damage or inflammation in his eardrums was found. But the lab tests specified sensorineural hearing loss. After a few days later his hearing ability improved by taking intratympanic steroid injections.

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