Bilateral Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss Post-COVID-19 “A Case Report”
Asian Journal of Case Reports in Medicine and Health,
Background: Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) is an otolaryngological emergency that requires early diagnosis and management. In most cases, the cause is unknown; however, viral infection is the most likely causative factor. The early start of steroids is a cornerstone of treatment and good prognosis. Despite the extensive study about the presentations of COVID-19, there are few case reports about hearing loss after coronavirus infection.
Case Presentation: This case report presents the first case of SSNHL following COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia for which other causes of hearing loss were excluded by physical examination and imaging. Course of steroid given to the patient without improvement in the hearing.
Conclusions: It is important to pay more attention to hearing status following COVID-19. This will result in early diagnosis, management and improved prognosis.
- Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL)
- hearing loss
- Case report
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