Epidemiologist spoke about hearing problems in patients with COVID-19

Ear congestion, which leads to hearing loss, occurs in 18-23 percent of patients with coronavirus. Natalya Pshenichnaya, Deputy Director for Clinical and Analytical Work of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, spoke about this.

“This symptom is reversible and nonspecific,” RIA Novosti quotes a specialist. Pshenichnaya noted that the residual manifestations of this symptom in 1.5-2 percent of cases occur for several weeks after recovery.

Acute sensorineural hearing loss after COVID-19 has been reported in only a few cases. The exact cause of the disease is still unknown, but it is believed that a viral infection, including coronavirus, may be the trigger of this process.

“It is assumed that hypoxia of the auditory center in the case of a severe course of the disease, as well as the use of certain medications, may contribute to the development of this condition,” Pshenichnaya noted. She clarified that this pathology can be easily missed if the patient is in the intensive care unit for a long time.

Earlier, the head of the Federal Medical and Biological Agency (FMBA) of Russia, Veronika Skvortsov, said that complications were more often detected in patients who have undergone coronavirus infection. They record various complications from thrombosis and cardiovascular pathology to mental disorders.


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