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Increase in the number of people with sudden hearing loss due to the Covid-19 outbreak

Assoc. Dr. Vural Fidan, Dr. Specialist at a private hospital in Ankara with Handan Koyuncu. Dr. Yaşar Okan Akın conducted a study called “Increased sudden sensorineural hearing loss during the prevalence of Kovid-19”.

In the study, patients who applied with sudden hearing loss between April 1 and September 30, 2019 before the Covid-19 outbreak and between April 1 and September 30, 2020 covering the epidemic period, were examined.

It was determined that 68 cases with sudden hearing loss applied to the ear, nose and throat clinic between April 1 and September 30, 2020, and that there were 41 cases with the same complaint in the same period of 2019. It was also found that 39 of the patients who applied with sudden hearing loss during the epidemic process had a positive swab test.

The results of the study were published in the international class A peer-reviewed “American Journal of Otolaryngology”.


The director of the study, Assoc. Dr. Vural Fidan said that the Covid-19 epidemic, which the world has been exposed to for more than a year, has also caused changes in patient and disease groups.

Stating that sudden hearing loss is important for them in ear, nose and throat clinics, Fidan said:

“Sudden hearing loss is a disease that needs to be diagnosed and treated in the early period. We evaluated the groups who experienced distress due to sudden hearing loss between April 1-September 30, 2019 and Kovid-19, April 1-September 30, 2020. We found an increase of nearly 50 percent in the number of patients with sudden hearing loss due to its nerve cell retention feature. We tried to do the related treatment as well as the Covid-19 treatment. “

Assoc. Dr. Fidan also stated that these patients evaluated both the amount and duration of sudden hearing loss.

Stating that they saw that the patients applied to the hospital late with the concern of getting Kovid-19, Fidan said, “This is a situation that will distress us in terms of the effectiveness of the treatment. Patients must reach the physicians without thinking that the situation is temporary in case of sudden hearing loss.” he spoke.

Fidan added that the study was published in the American Journal of Otolaryngology and shared with the world.


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