Impact of COVID-19 on Presentation of Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss at a Single Institution

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2021 Jul;165(1):163-165. doi: 10.1177/0194599820974685. Epub 2020 Nov 24.


The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic resulted in widespread unprecedented changes to the health care system. Herein, we sought to assess the impact of the viral outbreak on clinical presentations of sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) at a single academic center. Our results demonstrate a decrease in the absolute number of patients presenting with SSNHL to our institution during the initial onset of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to an analogous time frame 1 year prior. However, the ratio of patients with SSNHL compared to total patients evaluated was largely similar during the 2 time periods. Based on data from our institution, the COVID-19 virus does not appear to confer a significantly increased risk for the development of SSNHL.

Keywords: COVID-19; hearing rehabilitation; sudden sensorineural hearing loss.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Hearing Loss, Sensorineural / epidemiology*
  • Hearing Loss, Sudden / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Retrospective Studies