Tinnitus, a common problem where people hear ‘tinnitus’ in their ears or head without an external source, can be exacerbated by the new coronavirus behind COVID-19, according to a study. new. COVID-19 has been associated with a number of symptoms, including neurological symptoms such as loss of smell, and some of these symptoms persist for several weeks or months after other symptoms disappear.
The study comes from Anglia Ruskin University, supported by the Tinnitus Association of the United States and the UK to study the potential impact of COVID-19 on this condition. The study involved approximately 3,100 people with tinnitus and who developed COVID-19.
Of those participants, a huge percentage of them, 40%, reported that their tinnitus got worse the same time they developed COVID-19 symptoms. In addition, the researchers say that a small percentage of participants reported that the onset of their tinnitus coincided with COVID-19.
The findings indicate that tinnitus can be another long-term symptom along with previously reported problems such as skin rashes and other skin problems, underlining the potential long-term consequences of this virus. Lead author of the study, Dr Eldre Beukes said:
Several changes brought about by COVID-19 appear to have had a negative impact on the lives of people with tinnitus, and participants in this study reported that COVID-19 symptoms were getting worse. over or in some cases, even causing tinnitus and hearing loss. This is something that needs to be closely examined by both clinical and supportive services.
Some people with tinnitus report increasingly exacerbated symptoms associated with the pandemic-induced lifestyle changes, including emotional changes that could worsen tinnitus and greed. add more video calls.
However, perception of worse symptoms associated with pandemic lifestyles varies by region, with research noting that 46% of UK participants indicated that these changes had negative effects. to their tinnitus compared with 29% in North America.
As with many other potential problems caused by new or worsening coronaviruses, additional research will be needed to get a clearer picture of the changes and how COVID-19 may affect them. .