It has been proven that COVID-19 may cause damage to any vital organs of the body and not just lungs. This includes the heart, kidneys, liver etc. At the same time, sense organs such as eyes, nose and ear are the entry points for coronavirus in body. People had, however, thought that ears may be safe from the perils of the virus, but some studies state otherwise. Your hearing may get affected by coronavirus, though in rare cases only.
Hearing may get affected by coronavirus
According to a recent study, as reported by news agency PTI, infection with the novel coronavirus may cause sudden and permanent hearing loss. The incidence, however, is low. The study is the first case report linking the disabling condition to COVID-19 in the UK.
The research was published in the journal BMJ Case Reports. It described the case of a 45-year-old man, with asthma, who was being treated at the Royal National ENT Hospital. This was after he experienced hearing loss in one ear while being treated for COVID-19.
The patient noted ringing in his left ear, followed by sudden hearing loss the week after he was taken from intensive care, where he was receiving treatment for his severe COVID-19 symptoms.
The patient had no other existing health conditions, except asthma. Nor had he had any problems with hearing before. No blockage or inflammation was diagnosed in the ear, but he had substantially lost hearing in his left year.
According to the researchers from the University College London, awareness of this possible side effect is extremely important. Since, hearing may get affected by coronavirus, prompt treatment can help reduce the effects and reverse the disability.
How to protect the ears during pandemic?
As we pay attention to the rest of the body, we must also understand the importance of keeping our ears clean, healthy, and safe during the pandemic. Here are a few tips to protect your ears.
- Follow the 60/60 rule. Listen with headphones at no more than 60 per cent volume for no more than 60 minutes continuously.
- Use earplugs around loud noises.
- Give your ears time to recover.
- Stop using cotton swabs in your ears.
- Get up and move.
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