Man loses hearing in the wake of life-threatening coronavirus

With several similar cases being reported, clinicians suggest patients should be screened for hearing loss to ensure early intervention

Permanent hearing loss could be a rare complication of COVID-19, doctors warn.

Otolaryngologists have published the first UK case report of sudden-onset sensorineural hearing loss in a 45-year-old man who spent 30 days on a ventilator during treatment for coronavirus infection.

The patient had asthma but “was otherwise fit and well” before the infection, they say.

While in hospital he was on a range of common medicines including doxazosin, lansoprazole, loratadine and ramipril but no ototoxic medications were administered.

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