With COVID still being very much a part of our lives, it’s important to understand the effect it can have on other aspects of your life. Hearing plays such a big role for us to function daily that any disruption to that requires immediate attention.

I’m lucky enough to take to the airwaves and discuss my experience with the link between COVID and tinnitus in this segment of Talk Radio.

We are working hard to gather all the information as soon as it is available to us. Here, I discuss the impact COVID is having on our hearing and how we can combat it.

 

Prefer to read rather than listen? Below is the transcript for you!

What Are The Auditory Symptoms Associated With COVID?

The most common condition we are seeing is a rise in tinnitus. This condition causes the patient to have a ringing in their ears that only they can hear.

It can occur in both ears or just one, and some have reported it as occurring more in their head than in the ears. It can be an extremely distressing symptom to have, but it can be treated.

We are seeing it in patients that have had COVID and are now recovered. We also have seen it in people who received a vaccine – either the first or the second dose.

Right now, it is still very early in our research, and the sample pool is not very large, but it is growing each day. We cannot predict to whom this will happen to just yet, and it seems all age groups can be affected.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then please come in for an appointment so we can perform a full tinnitus workup. There are many options to make living with tinnitus very manageable.

Is This Condition Transitory?

With mild cases and newer cases, we have seen patients experience relief. However, this is a tiny percentage of people. It can be present for a very long time, which is why we have been working for years to study its symptoms.

Over time and with proper treatment, it can become less of an annoyance. We have the tools, resources, and experience to handle all types of cases related to tinnitus. Although we see more of it, there are no signs that it is getting worse.

This does depend on the patient, though, as everyone is different and will have unique stipulations regarding their own personal health. In most people, though, once tinnitus presents itself, it usually stays for a long time.

With 12 offices across Maryland, we are conveniently located to serve our community best. If you have any of these symptoms or any concerns at all regarding your hearing, then please contact us immediately.

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Dr. Melissa Segev

Dr. Segev, co-owner of Audiology Associates, proudly represents the values of excellent patient care upon which her practice was established in 1977. She understands that to properly treat the patient, excellent state-of-the-art medical testing is required along with acute listening and understanding of the patient’s perceptions of how they are feeling and what their needs might be. Dr. Segev, a Baltimore native, graduated from Owings Mills High School, Towson State University, and received her doctoral degree (Au.D.) from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Segev treats patients that range in age from just weeks old to senior citizens. She offers a complete range of diagnostic services including patients suffering from tinnitus (ringing in the ears) as well as patients who suffer from dizziness. She specializes in a complete range of state-of-the-art hearing aids, capable of providing help to any patients’ needs and budget.