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Coronavirus warning: Do you hear that? The symptom of COVID infection in your ear

Coronavirus is an infectious disease that has been confirmed in more than 20 million people across the world. You could be at risk of the deadly infection if you develop unexplained hearing loss, it's been revealed.

The UK-wide lockdown is slowly being eased, as shoppers are now allowed to explore the high-street in England, provided they remain socially-distanced.

You can also visit someone else's garden, as long as there aren't more than six people in the garden at once, and you can now go inside other people's houses.

But the government has still advised the public to remain at home as much as possible, in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

You may be at risk of coronavirus infection if you find subtle changes to your hearing, it's been revealed.

COVID-19 could cause a number of neurological symptoms, including muscle weakness and a loss of smell or taste.

But, some patients have also reported small discrepancies in their hearing.

It tends to be one of the very first warning signs of infection, according to scientists in Iran.

You should speak to a doctor if you notice any changes to your hearing.

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"Concurrent with the global outbreak of COVID-19, exceeding numbers of new cases with smell and taste disorders have been reported from Asia and Europe," they said.

"Whether SARS-CoV-2 can invade the neural pathways involved in the balance and hearing is not known, but initial observations implicate the possibility.

"A recent study in asymptomatic patients with confirmed COVID-19 revealed increased high frequency pure-tone thresholds."

However, just because you have hearing loss, it doesn't necessarily mean that you have coronavirus.


Hearing loss may be caused by a number of different factors or conditions, including a build-up of earwax or an ear infection.

It could also be caused by a sudden, very loud noise, or by even taking certain medications.

Hearing loss can be temporary or permanent, and it's more likely to develop as you get older.

Your doctor will check your ears using a magnifying lens, and may refer you to a do specialist.

Anybody that feels hot to the touch on their chest or back could be showing early coronavirus symptoms.

Similarly, anyone that's been coughing more than usual for longer than a one-hour period, or if they've had at least three coughing episodes every 24 hours, should self-isolate.

Some patients have also reported a sore throat, headaches, and even hiccups.

More than 46,000 people have died from coronavirus in the UK.



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