Study finds it could also trigger the condition
New research has found that Covid-19 and lockdown are making people’s tinnitus worse.
The study of 3,103 people with tinnitus was led by the UK’s Anglia Ruskin University. It was support by the British Tinnitus Association and the American Tinnitus Association. The study involved participants from 48 countries, with the vast majority coming from the UK and the US.
Published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health, the research found that 40% of people showing symptoms of COVID-19 also said their tinnitus was worse.
Although the study focused on people with pre-existing tinnitus, a small number said their condition was triggered by developing COVID-19 symptoms.
And 46 per cent of UK respondents said lifestyle changes such as social distancing and home working had made their tinnitus worse. This compares to 29 per cent of respondents in the US, the study found.
Worries such as fear of catching COVID-19, financial concerns and loneliness contributed to making tinnitus worse for 32% of people. Increased video calls, noisier home environments, home schooling and increased coffee and alcohol consumption were also cited. Women and the under-50s have found tinnitus significantly more troublesome during the pandemic.
The study also found that the pandemic has made it harder for those with tinnitus to get medical help. This added to stress, making the condition worse.
If you are finding your tinnitus troublesome then get in touch with us.
Fiona Idriss, our senior audiologist with a special interest in tinnitus, is accepting self-referrals for a free 15-minute telephone consultation.
On this call, Fiona can offer much-needed support and practical guidance. She will explore your symptoms and some options to manage them. These include advice on accessing tinnitus clinics, ear nose and throat consultations and voluntary organisations.