The Sound of Post-COVID Syndrome

Apr 2 4:45pm | Greg Vanichkachorn, M.D., M.P.H. | @drvan

We are learning more and more about Post COVID Syndrome (PCS) every day. One symptom patients have been reporting lately is ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus.

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This is a relatively common problem, affecting 12-20% of people in general. It is more common as we age and more common among males and people who smoke.  Patients can experience not just ringing, but other sounds, such as clicking, humming, and roaring. The condition can be caused by many things, including hearing loss, circulation problems, and nerve issues.  In addition, depression and anxiety can significantly worsen tinnitus. Sometimes tinnitus can be severe enough to limit your daily activities and sleep.

We do not have enough information yet to say that infection by COVID-19 or that Post COVID Syndrome causes tinnitus. However, that doesn’t mean nothing can be done to help. If tinnitus is affecting your life after COVID-19, please speak with your local primary care provider. A local audiologist may also be able to help. Finally, please visit the American Tinnitus Association website for helpful information and support, including support groups.

You're not alone. Talk with others about living with long-term symptoms in the online COVID-19 support group.

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