New research suggests that COVID-19 may exacerbate tinnitus, a common hearing problem, and may even be caused by a new coronavirus.
The results of this study highlight the complexity of tinnitus and how intrinsic factors, such as increased anxiety and loneliness, as well as extrinsic factors, such as changes in daily life, can have a significant impact on the condition.
The researchers studied more than 3,100 people from 48 countries/regions, most of whom were from the United States and the United Kingdom. They found that 40 percent of people with COVID-19 symptoms had worsening tinnitus. Some participants reported that their tinnitus was initially caused by coronavirus symptoms.