Doctors: Virus can possibly make tinnitus worse

the coronavirus pandemic we continue to learn more about the long-term side effects the so-called long-haulers have been known to suffer symptoms that range from relatively minor to downright debilitating it was the latter for kent taylor founder and ceo of texas roadhouse chain he took his own life after battling symptoms related to covet 19 including severe tinnitus or tinnitus as it's more commonly pronounced health reporter haley hernandez joins us with details on that condition and how doctors think the coronavirus is making it worse yeah that's right dominique tonight is a common condition involving ringing or other loud noises in one or both ears experts say the coronavirus could possibly trigger or exacerbate the problem in a statement ken taylor's family and his company the texas roadhouse chain of restaurants says kent battled and fought hard like the former track champion that he was but the suffering that greatly intensified in recent days became unbearable tinnitus or tinnitus is a loud ringing in the ear that never goes away according to baylor college of medicine dr dianeda gonzalez who also suffers herself it's often a result of hearing loss or loud noises that damage the eardrum but recently she says they're trying to determine if covet is causing more or worse cases it's hard for us as a special specialist to identify if this was something that was pre-existing if there were other factors such as a hearing loss a middle ear infection noise exposure but we have had those people saying that they developed it or have noticed it after the onset of verified covet she says no matter what the cause is tinnitus can be horrible to deal with for some people it can be severe that it can affect their sleeping pattern it can create stress it can create depression it's known to impact military members actually taylor had committed to funding a clinical study aimed at helping those with tinnitus he was known for that kind of generosity at the beginning of the pandemic he donated his entire salary to keep employees from losing paychecks he's now survived by his parents three children and five grandchildren he was only 65 years old guys that's why doctors say if you experience this you need to consult with your physician thank you haley our hearts go out to his family

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