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Tinnitus and Hearing Loss may be linked to COVID-19

A new study has found that Tinnitus or Hearing loss can be linked to the long-term effect of Covid 19. The researchers have started this research after the death of the founder and chief executive officer of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain Kent Taylor.

The founder Of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant chain exhibited a variety of symptoms following his illness like severe tinnitus and after a certain time, the suffering became unbearable. Researchers have not found the reason behind this problem. Neither the world health organization nor the centers for disease control and prevention described tinnitus as a symptom of Covid 19. The auditory problems are common in other viral infections.

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service published a list of symptoms of Covid 19. Tinnitus was on the list along with fatigue, shortness of breath, dizziness, and more. The study published on Monday said that it examined 60 case reports and studies have found that 15 percent of adults with Covid 19 are reported to have tinnitus.

 Kevin Munro, a professor of audiology at the University of Manchester and a co-author of the study said that after publishing the article many people were happy about the research. They also shared their experience when they shared the auditory problem with the doctor.  A study published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health surveyed 3,100 people with tinnitus and found that 40 percent of the 237 respondents who had contracted Covid-19 said that the symptoms were exacerbated following the infection. Paul Johnson, 53, was admitted to a hospital with coronavirus, and results showed that he had tinnitus.

The study also found various factors that could have resulted in the problem. Increased stress during the pandemic, including fear of catching the coronavirus, and social distancing rules have increased isolation and loneliness.

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