New research from the University of Manchester and Manchester Biomedical Research Centre has identified a link between COVID-19 and a loss of hearing. According to the researchers, it is not yet known why COVID-19 can cause hearing loss and more research is being done to accurately estimate the number and severity of COVID-related hearing disorders in the UK.
Dr Hilary Jones, GP and Medical Broadcaster, says:
“It is well-known that viruses such as measles, mumps and meningitis can cause hearing loss; little is understood about the auditory effects of COVID-19. The majority of people with COVID-19 will not experience hearing loss, but if you are worried or are experiencing ongoing hearing loss post-COVID diagnosis, please speak with your GP or get your hearing assessed."
Farah Kiani, an audiologist from Hidden Hearing, says: “Many people have become aware of a hearing loss during the pandemic. Perhaps because they're relying on the phone more or struggling with muffled speech due to facemasks and social distancing.
Hearing care is classed as an essential healthcare service and I’ve been supporting people throughout this period. It’s never been more important to help people with their hearing, safe-guarding their emotional and mental wellbeing. If you’ve noticed a change in your hearing, please don’t avoid getting the help you need. The sooner a hearing loss can be diagnosed, the more effective solutions will be.”