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Nonstop Ringing: Can Covid-19 Lead to Tinnitus

By Dr. Joseph Mercola



  • Tinnitus is a noise you hear in one or both ears triggered inside the auditory system; it is a symptom of an abnormality or injury and not a specific disease
  • Tinnitus is one symptom of long COVID and from the COVID shot. How the symptom is triggered is still being studied; the virus can infect inner ear cells and the spike protein can disrupt blood supply to the sensitive structures responsible for hearing
  • One study found 53% of those with mild to moderate COVID had sensorineural hearing loss, which was present in all patients who took remdesivir. Other long COVID symptoms include fatigue, memory problems, depression or anxiety, mood changes and joint pain
  • One of the key strategies to preventing infection and treating long-haul symptoms is to protect and support your gut microbiome. Doctors also prescribe holistic support, rest and a gradual increase in activity

Since the start of 2020, people who have gotten COVID-19 have not all recovered immediately. Some have experienced symptoms for several weeks or months after recovering from the infection. These symptoms have been called chronic COVID, long COVID, long-haul syndrome, long-haul COVID, and post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 infection (PASC).1

One of the symptoms is tinnitus, or a consistent ringing in the ears. Doctors have also noticed that the constellation of symptoms from long COVID is strikingly similar to myalgic encephalomyelitis, also known as chronic fatigue syndrome or ME/CFS.2 Doctors at Columbia University have asked if these two conditions could be closely related or one and the same.



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