Sudden Hearing Loss Not Associated with COVID-19 Vaccination, Says New Study

BALTIMAORE, MARYLAND — In a new study, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have tried to address recent reports that sudden sensorineural hearing loss may be a potential side effect of vaccination against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Based upon the available data, their conclusion so far: Vaccination does NOT increase one’s risk for sudden hearing…

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New Study Confirms Link Between COVID-19 and Symptoms of Hearing Loss, Tinnitus and Vertigo

by Kevin Munro, University of Manchester Some viruses, such as measles, mumps and meningitis, can cause hearing difficulties, but what about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? In the first few months of the pandemic, a rapid systematic review of COVID-19 and hearing difficulties revealed a possible link between COVID-19 and audio-vestibular symptoms (hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo).…

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New Israeli Study Suggests COVID-19 Does Not Damage Auditory System

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been reports in the professional literature on possible hearing loss caused by the disease. A new study from Tel Aviv University (TAU), in collaboration with the Galilee Medical Center, finds no evidence of damage to the auditory system as a result of COVID-19 infection. The findings seemingly…

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Study Finds 40% of Those Displaying COVID-19 Symptoms Experience Worsening of Tinnitus

CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM — New research reveals that tinnitus, a common condition that causes the perception of noise in the ear and head, is being exacerbated by COVID-19 – as well as the measures helping to keep us safe. The study of 3,103 people with tinnitus was led by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), with support…

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UK Government Delivers 250K Clear Face Masks to Frontline Workers to Support People with Hearing Loss

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM — The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and care workers will be given clear face masks to help them communicate with people with certain conditions like hearing loss, autism and dementia, the government has announced. The masks are see-through and have an anti-fogging barrier to ensure the face and mouth are always…

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More than 10% of COVID-19 Patients Report Decreased Hearing Two Months After Hospital Discharge

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM — A significant number of patients reported a deterioration in their hearing when questioned eight weeks after discharge from a hospital admission for COVID-19, according to University of Manchester audiologists, in a study supported by the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). One hundred and twenty one of the adults admitted to…

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins Confirm Presence of Coronavirus in Middle Ear and Mastoid

In newly published research from the Johns Hopkins Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, in 2 of 3 patients evaluated, investigators found that the virus (SARS-CoV-2) associated with the COVID-19 disease pandemic was found in 5 of 8 middle ear spaces and mastoid cavities examined.  The research was published online on July 23, 2020 in…

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Starkey Chief Health Officer, Dr. Archelle Georgiou, Co-Authors JAMA Study on COVID-19

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA – The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), a peer-reviewed medical journal, has published new research from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management that shows an association between the implementation of statewide stay-at-home orders and a reduction in the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19. Starkey Chief Health Officer, Archelle Georgiou, M.D. co-authored the study.…

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Does Hearing Loss Increase Risk of Exposure and Infection from COVID-19?

A study published last month in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science (PNAS) found that loud speaking causes an increased number of respiratory droplets in the air, ones that may spread COVID-19. Researchers found that louder speech produced larger droplets, as well as greater quantities of them, and that these droplets could potentially linger…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Exposes Troubling Gap in Healthcare System

EDEN PRAIRIE, MINNESOTA – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 health crisis, clear communication has been vitally important for the safety of people around the world. For adults and children with hearing loss, the barriers to communication have been complicated by the debate about whether or not hearing-related care is an essential service. As local and…

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