The effects of SARS-CoV-2 on hearing thresholds in COVID-19 patients with non-hospitalized mild disease

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Am J Otolaryngol. 2021 Dec 14;43(2):103320. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2021.103320. Online ahead of print.


INTRODUCTION: COVID-19 may have many nonspecific symptoms, such as hearing loss, tinnitus and dizziness. This study aims to investigate the effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the hearing thresholds of patients with COVID-19.

METHODS: A total of 20 patients aged 20-55 years who were diagnosed with COVID-19 were included in this study. The relationship between the pure-tone thresholds of patients before and after COVID-19 was evaluated.

RESULTS: There was no statistically significant difference between bone conduction pure-tone thresholds in all frequencies before and after COVID-19.

CONCLUSION: SARS-CoV-2 has no effects on the hearing thresholds in patients with non-hospitalized mild COVID-19 disease. Further studies are needed to investigate the possible effects of SARS-CoV-2 on the auditory system.

PMID:34922259 | DOI:10.1016/j.amjoto.2021.103320

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