COVID-19, Tinnitus (Ringing In The Ears) And Hearing Loss: Are They Connected?

COVID-19, Tinnitus (Ringing In The Ears) And Hearing Loss: Are They Connected?

Disorders Cure

oi-Shivangi Karn


on November 22, 2020

Among many other clinical symptoms of COVID-19, tinnitus has been observed as a major subject due to an increase in complaints by coronavirus patients. The condition had caused a major impact on the quality of life of these patients, affecting their emotional, concentration and sleep quality. [1]

In this article, we will discuss an association of COVID-19 with tinnitus and sensorineural hearing loss. Take a look.

COVID-19 And Tinnitus

Tinnitus is characterised by ringing or buzzing noise in one or both the ears, constantly or at regular intervals, which may progress to hearing loss. As per a report mentioned in a study, neurological involvements of coronavirus was found in around 30 per cent of positive COVID-19 patients, especially with otoneurological symptoms (relating to the ears). [2]

The study was questionnaire-based and results were evaluated based on the response from patients diagnosed with COVID-19. Around 43 patients (28 males and 15 females) out of 185 positive cases reported tinnitus which is characterised as follows:

17 out of 43 reported recurrent tinnitus 10 out of 43 reported episodic or occasional tinnitus 7 out of 43 reported continuous tinnitus with intensity changes throughout the day 4 out of 43 reported persistent tinnitus always present, day and night 3 out of 43 reported pulsatile tinnitus, means synchronous with the heartbeat 2 out of 43 reported continuous tinnitus with the same intensity, causing a disturbance during sleep time.…

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