COVID-19 characterized by common symptoms such as cough, cold, fever, throat pain and fatigue among others. However, there are also several non-respiratory symptoms such as headache, loss of smell and taste, back pain, and muscle pain. And now, several patients are experiencing hearing loss or ringing in the ears, which experts have called ‘Covid ear’.
“Coronavirus attacks the lungs. But, in addition to affecting the respiratory system, it also affects the ear, nose, and throat. Loss of smell and taste. are among the peculiar symptoms of COVID-19. In addition, several patients also reported hearing loss along with ringing in the ear, known as tinnitus. This is known as Covid ear,” said Dr. Santosh Jha, Pulmonologist and Intensive Care Specialist, Porvoo Transition Care.
Explaining the Covid ear, Dr Jha said: “According to the researchers, the inner tissue of the human ear contains proteins that are susceptible to attack by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Thus, our hearing can also show signs in the form of loss of balance or tinnitus.”
In addition, the experts listed some symptoms that indicate that you could be experiencing Covid ear.
*Loss of balance
According to him, these symptoms are common “because the whole body inflammation and common ENT affectation in patients with Covid-19”.
How long can it last?
The persistence of Covid ear depends on the severity of the symptoms. “Mild symptoms can recover in a short period of time (7-14 days). Severe imbalance or hearing loss may take longer to recover from,” Dr. Jha clarified.
In addition, he asked patients to consult an otolaryngologist in case of severe symptoms.
This is what you can do
If you’re experiencing Covid ear, here’s what you can do, as suggested by the expert.
*Treat fever with over-the-counter medications (fever reducers).
*Eat well and get plenty of rest.
*Relieve coughs and sore throats with honey or over-the-counter cough medicine.
*Get medical help if symptoms increase.