A new study by audiologists at the University of Manchester – supported by the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) – has found that a significant number of patients reported a deterioration in their hearing when questioned eight weeks after discharge from a hospital admission for Covid-19.
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121 of the adults admitted to Wythenshawe Hospital, part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, took part in the survey by telephone. When asked about changes to their hearing 16 people (13.2%) reported their hearing was worse. 8 people (6.6%) reported tinnitus, and another 8 people reported deterioration in hearing.
The results, published in a letter to the International Journal of Audiology, adds to a growing body of anecdotal evidence that the strain of coronavirus which causes Covid-19, SARS CoV-2, has long-term impacts on health, and possibly hearing.
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