An in-depth study in the UK will look at the possible effects of Covid-19 on people’s hearing, tinnitus and balance.
Researchers in Nottingham are carrying out the work which will involve about 100 patients in the east Midlands.
Hearing experts at the National Institute for Health Research, Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre and the University of Nottingham are investigating reported links between COVID-19 and its impact on hearing health.
They are using high-tech hearing research facilities at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and the expertise of its staff in hearing diagnostics.
Professor David Baguley, principal Investigator for the study and professor of hearing sciences at Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre, said: “We’re excited to launch this innovative study. It has the potential to help patients who have hearing problems which might be caused by infection with COVID-19.
“If we can determine how many people have these problems and what the mechanisms are, that will help us with early identification and with potential interventions to assist these patients.”
It’s suggested that COVID-19 may have an impact on hearing, cause or worsen tinnitus and affect people’s balance. It has also been suggested that some treatments for COVID-19 may also have an effect.
So far, no published study or trial has systematically assessed hearing-related outcomes following patients’ recovery from COVID-19, so the short and longer-term implications are largely unknown.
Volunteers taking part in the study will be monitored over two years to see how any hearing loss, tinnitus and balance problems develop..
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