Studies have already shown sudden sensorineural hearing loss, vestibular balance dysfunction and tinnitus to be directly connected to COVID-19. In fact, these conditions are more prevalent than many realized early on in the pandemic — one study revealed that 10% of patients self-reported persistent changes to their hearing status or tinnitus when surveyed 8 weeks after their discharge from the hospital following treatment for COVID-19.
In this new white paper, clinical audiologist and research scientist Kathleen F. Faulkner, Ph.D., CCC-A, dissects the emerging data and studies on the link between hearing loss and COVID-19. Her exposition focuses on COVID-19 effects on patients as well as on clinical audiology practice. She provides detailed guidance on how hearing healthcare professionals can best identify and treat hearing loss as it relates to the virus.