A new study warns that some prolonged Covid patients suffer from hearing loss for several months.
Scientists from Anglia Ruskin University looked at hearing problems affecting Covid-19 patients, in the short and long term.
The study saw the team analyzed 3,103 Corona Virus Patients with tinnitus – a condition that causes constant ringing or buzzing in the ears.
The analysis revealed that 40% of the participants experienced worsening tinnitus amid their Covid-19 infection.
And while the majority of the participants had pre-existing tinnitus, a small number reported that their conditions were initially caused by the onset of Covid-19 symptoms.
This indicates that tinnitus can be a long-term symptom of Covid in some cases, Mirror Reports.
Dr Eldre Beaux, who led the study, said: “The results of this study shed light on the complications associated with tinnitus and how internal factors, such as increased anxiety and feelings of loneliness, and external factors, such as changes in daily routine, can have a significant impact on the condition.
“Some of the changes brought about by Covid-19 seem to have had a negative impact on the lives of people with tinnitus, and the participants in this study reported that symptoms of Covid-19 are getting worse, or in some cases, starting with tinnitus and hearing loss.
“This is something that needs to be examined closely by both clinical and support services.”
The study comes shortly after researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital discovered that rashes were also a common problem among those with Long Covid disease.
In the study, the team analyzed 990 Long-Covid cases from 39 countries and found that, on average, patients experienced skin symptoms for 12 days.
However, some people have reported skin problems for up to 150 days.
These skin problems ranged from hives to cold swelling, while many patients experienced “Covid toes.”
Dr Esther Freeman, who led the study, said: “Our registry identified a previously unreported subset of patients with long-term skin symptoms from Covid-19.
“We are highlighting patients with ulceration / swelling of the fingers, also known as Covid toes, who have developed symptoms for up to 150 days.
This data adds to our knowledge of how Covid-19 affects many different organ systems, even after patients recover from acute infection. The skin can provide a visual window into the inflammation that may occur elsewhere in the body. “