Tinnitus in COVID-19 Pandemic

Ear Nose Throat J. 2021 Jun;100(3_suppl):197S-198S. doi: 10.1177/0145561320988364. Epub 2021 Jan 20.

Abstract

Tinnitus is a symptom that can significantly affect the quality of life of every patient. In patients with tinnitus, one of the most important diagnostic element is medical history data. Patients classify the pitch and loudness of tinnitus graphically using the visual analog scale (VAS). Visual analog scale and similar questionnaires constitute a valuable addendum of the clinical picture in patients with tinnitus. It seems essential, especially in the light of the information presented in the case report on the probability of correlation between tinnitus and stress and depression associated with social isolation infection avoidance. The knowledge about the patient's hearing condition before contracting COVID-19, the early symptoms of SARS-CoV-2 infection, the method of diagnosis of the infection, the time and method of isolation of the patient, and the time from the diagnosis of COVID-19 to the appearance of otolaryngological symptoms might enable the reader to gain more knowledge on the correlation between COVID-19 and tinnitus. New research reveals that tinnitus is being exacerbated by COVID-19.

Keywords: COVID-19; SARS-CoV-2; hearing loss; tinnitus.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Humans
  • Pandemics
  • Quality of Life
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Tinnitus* / epidemiology