Sign up for Englemed updates from TwitterSign up for Englemed updates from Facebook
Contact Englemed
Our contact email address.
We can provide a specialist, tailored health and medical news service for your site.
Click here for more information
RSS graphic XML Graphic Add to Google
About Englemed news services - services and policies.
Englemed News Blog - Ten years and counting.
Diary of a reluctant allergy sufferer - How the British National Health Service deals with allergy.
BookshopFor books on women's health, healthy eating ideas, mental health issues, diabetes, etc click here

WWW Englemed
Copyright Notice. All reports, text and layout copyright Englemed Ltd, 52 Perry Avenue, Birmingham UK B42 2NE. Co Registered in England No 7053778 Some photos copyright Englemed Ltd, others may be used with permission of copyright owners.
Disclaimer: Englemed is a news service and does not provide health advice. Advice should be taken from a medical professional or appropriate health professional about any course of treatment or therapy.
Gene therapy programme launched for neurodegenerative diseases
Fri July 30th - An innovative gene therapy programme has been launched that could lead to novel treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. More
Unvaccinated pregnant women hospitalised with COVID-19
Fri July 30th - Pregnant women are being urged to have the COVID-19 vaccination after 200 were admitted to hospital last week with the virus – almost all of whom were unvaccinated. More
On 09/10/2020 William Haworth wrote:
How long is recovery time after proceedure... on Ablation cuts atrial fibrillat...
On 08/02/2018 David Kelly wrote:
Would you like to write a piece about this to be i... on Researchers unveil new pain re...
On 23/10/2017 Cristina Pereira wrote: on HIV breakthrough - MRC...
On 12/09/2017 Aparna srikantam wrote:
Brilliant finding! indeed a break through in under... on Leprosy research breakthrough...
On 01/07/2017 Annetta wrote:
I have been diagnosed with COPD for over 12 years.... on Seaweed plan for antimicrobial...

COVID-19 triggers permanent hearing loss

Wednesday October 14th 2020

A case of permanent hearing loss linked to COVID-19 infection has been confirmed in a UK patient.

Details of the 45 year old male patient’s condition is reported in BMJ Case Reports today (14 October) by Dr Foteini Koumpa of University College London, UK, and colleagues.

They describe the condition as sudden onset sensorineural hearing loss, and state that normally, the most likely causative factor is a viral infection such as flu, herpes, or cytomegalovirus.

“There are only a few reported cases of hearing loss following COVID-19,” they write, “none of which have been reported in the UK.”

They explain that physical examination and imaging scans ruled out any other cause of hearing loss in this patient, who also has asthma. His COVID-19 symptoms were severe enough to require ventilation in intensive care for 30 days.

Following this he experienced tinnitus and then sudden hearing loss in his left ear, without evidence of blockage or inflammation. Steroid tablets and injections led to partial recovery of his hearing.

“Hearing loss can be a significant cause of morbidity and can easily be missed in the intensive care setting,” they point out. “Being aware and screening for sudden onset sensorineural hearing loss following COVID-19 enables an early course of steroids, which offers the best chance of recovering hearing.

“Given the widespread presence of the virus in the population and the significant morbidity of hearing loss, it is important to investigate this further. This is especially true given the current difficulty in accessing medical services,” they conclude.

* British researchers are to run a clinical trial on the protective effects of vitamin D, it has been announced.

Researchers at Queen Mary, University of London, will involve 5,000 people over six months and will test the benefits of supplements over the winter.

The journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published an analysis yesterday linked reduced levels of viral transmission in the summer with high levels of ultra-violet light.

Koumpa, F. S. et al. Unusual association: Sudden irreversible hearing loss post COVID-19. BMJ Case Reports 14 October 2020; doi: 10.1136/bcr-2020-238419

Tags: Flu & Viruses | Hearing | Respiratory | UK News | World Health

Printer friendly page Printer friendly page

Comment on this article:

<a>,<b> & <p> tags allowed
Please enter the letters displayed:
(not case sensitive)