Another noticeable health problem emerged in patients who had coronavirus. Sudden hearing loss was observed in two patients who survived the Sivasta Covid-19 disease. Otorhinolaryngology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Adnan Ekinci warned citizens against possible hearing loss after Covid-19
Ear Nose Throat Specialist Assoc, who works in a private hospital in Sivas. Dr. Adnan Ekinci explained that another important health problem emerged in patients who had coronavirus.
According to the report of the UAV, Ekinci said that two patients who had coronavirus in the city had sudden hearing loss. Dr. Adnan Ekinci, drawing attention to the fact that sudden hearing loss has started to be seen in patients with coronavirus recently, “Sudden hearing loss is very rare and sudden loss of hearing in the ears in the last 3 days.
Assoc. Dr. Adnan Ekinci
This situation may develop due to various viral infections or medications used. Although sudden hearing loss is very rare, it is noteworthy that it has been seen in patients who have had Covid-19 recently. In patients with Covid-19, if unilateral or bilateral ear fullness, tinnitus and hearing decrease are observed, a detailed ear examination should be made immediately by applying to an ENT physician. “
SEEN IN TWO PATIENTS
Dr. Ekinci stated that two patients who were treated in the clinic for Covid-19 had sudden hearing loss, “The cause of sudden hearing loss in Covid-19 patients is still unclear, but it is thought to be caused by Covid-19 blocking the vessels that feed the ear and auditory nerve. Being infected also plays an effective role.
Hearing loss can be overlooked a little more due to more serious problems especially in patients hospitalized in intensive care. Therefore, in case of hearing loss in the ears in intensive care patients, a hearing test should be performed immediately. Sudden hearing loss was observed in two patients who were treated for Covid-19 in our Sivasta clinic. Our patients were young patients and we found that there was unilateral total hearing loss in their ears for a period of approximately 10 days after the Covid treatment was over.
Early diagnosis and early treatment is very important in these patients. In particular, nerve steroid therapy should be started. Despite hearing improvement in one of our two patients with early treatment, our other patient did not respond to treatment and a permanent hearing loss developed. He said that in these patients, hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be applied in cases resistant to steroid therapy.
“CAN BE PERMANENT”
Dr. Ekinci, referring to the fact that sudden hearing loss may rarely be permanent in patients, “It takes about 1 month for the hearing loss to recover with treatment in these patients. Therefore, it is necessary to insist on treatment. Alternative treatment methods can be tried in cases that do not improve despite 1 month of steroid treatment. But on average 1 month. Despite all treatment methods, we rarely have patients who never recover. Of course, since Covid-19 is a new disease, the long-term effects of this have not been investigated. However, we have patients who rarely experience permanent hearing loss in sudden hearing loss.
ATTENTION IF THESE SYMPTOMS
Referring to the situations in which patients with Covid-19 should apply to the hospital, Dr. Ekinci, “Patients with Covid-19 may experience hearing loss at the beginning of the disease or even 2-3 weeks after the treatment is negative, even after the Covid-19 test is negative. For this reason, especially our patients who have Covid-19 have pain, feeling of pressure, ringing in their ears. and especially in case of hearing loss, an otolaryngologist should immediately apply to an otolaryngologist and undergo a necessary examination. A hearing test is required. The sooner the treatment is started, the more positive results it is possible. But if it is delayed, treatment should be started especially within the first 3 days after the development of hearing loss. He said that the treatment to be done after 3 days does not have a very satisfactory effect.