Tinnitus, Covid-19, & Covid-19 Vaccine Side Effects

[Music] kovid and tinnitus i'm going to share my thoughts on how both covid and the covid vaccines might impact the severity of tinnitus so question number one can covid can having coronavirus cause tinnitus there is an article called changes in tinnitus experiences during the kova 19 pandemic this is from frontiers in public health this was released in 2020 and this article surveyed 3 100 3 100 people and 237 of their respondents reported that they had suffered coronavirus symptoms and among that smaller group who had suffered coronavirus symptoms about 40 percent said that their symptoms of tinnitus had worsened so there seems to be some relationship with having the experience of kovid getting coronavirus the symptoms that come with that and then how that can change the perception of tinnitus so that has been noted in the medical research and why is that well covad itself coronavirus can potentially cause infection of the nerves of our nervous system that connect the senses into the spine the senses into the brain so covet itself can potentially cause infection of the nerves autoimmune damage the function of our autoimmune system can be damaged and then potentially blood clots changes to the cardiovascular system i'm sure from your research you've learned that tinnitus as a symptom is quite sensitive meaning that changes to our psychology changes to our body getting sick it can trigger tinnitus it can even bring it from i never heard tinnitus or barely heard it at all too this is a dominating force in my life additionally getting sick or having some other change in life can bring on an increase in the loudness of tinnitus so the findings from that study where they surveyed thousands of people and out of those who had kovid they realized that about 40 percent said that their symptom that of tinnitus had worsened meaning they already had it and it temporarily changed did not stay permanently changed but it did change so those findings were preliminary and they relied mainly on patient questionnaires so there's possibly some overestimates other viral infections measles cmv other similar viral infections they can cause hearing problems so there is some link between certain viruses and how that can affect the hearing system particularly the cochlea the hearing organ and the hearing nerve it's rather complicated it's rather sophisticated as an audiologist what i need to know is okay these potential viruses can affect hearing and that might cause temporary changes in tinnitus or that might change hearing in a more permanent level other factors that are important to discuss here are that think about what are the symptoms of getting covet well fever congestion headache stress a significant amount of anxiety if we're in fear of losing our life or the life of our loved ones now if covid causes those symptoms and those side effects then is the tinnitus caused by those symptoms or is the tinnitus caused by the virus directly it's very hard to say in some cases we won't be able to know directly but it's certainly evident that having a fever getting sick being congested having a headache being under high periods of stress and high periods of anxiety that that can change the tinnitus perception of either making it louder if we already had it some people would call that a tinnitus spike or it can potentially create tinnitus where previously you didn't hear it at all or maybe slightly here and there but then suddenly it's a symptom it's a sound that's constantly in our experience and maybe some of you who are watching this can relate to that the second sub question about covid is the copic vaccine this is quite interesting how tinnitus as a health condition as a symptom the virus itself can affect tinnitus and the vaccine which prevents the virus can also affect tinnitus it's pretty unique in that regard so can the covid vaccine cause tinnitus or make it worse there was a study in the united kingdom in england that looked at the side effects from vaccine for the pfizer and the astrozenica vaccines so 20 million doses of those vaccines were administered during this period and they have a system called the yellow card reporting system where individuals can report their side effects and they're encouraged to report side effects whatever side effects come from these vaccines because these vaccines are so new there's been no vaccine in history that's been released to the public so quickly about one year less than a year it's been created tested produced manufactured released so in a way we're all part of this clinical trial because this process much more expedited than typical vaccines as you are probably aware of so 20 million doses were administered in england during this time period and a total of 116 000 yellow cards reporting adverse effects were reported to the group and out of those a total of 780 individuals reported tinnitus whether they had tinnitus as a side effect or their tendency changed significantly as a side effect so from that research from that article from the government of england they're saying which is the equivalent of our cdc we'll call it in the u.s that fewer than 1 in 32 000 people are reporting tinnitus as a side effect of those major vaccines for covid so that classifies the side effect as very rare that's a good sign many people with tinnitus tell me as i work via zoom sessions with telehealth patients with tinnitus they tell me all the time that the last thing they can imagine is how are they going to live if their tinnitus gets worse and i feel like that's a common fear of make of someone gets tinnitus they start to do everything in their power to help them or their thinking everything they're doing in their power is to help their condition because they can't live with it getting any worse they don't want to be in that state and of course of course you don't deserve to be in that state no one does so rest assured the major vaccines have tinnitus as a side effect is a very rare phenomenon now you may say well this system relies on people reporting side effects and that there could be many people who just didn't choose to report the side effect that's a very true point this is not perfect in fact none of us are perfect i strive to do my best this research strives to do their best and so do you in getting better with tinnitus so this is the best information we have and hopefully this gives you some confidence that if you're considering the pros and cons of getting the coveted vaccine if tinnitus is a make or break if you're scared of getting the vaccine because it might affect your tinnitus that's very low chance so statistically it's very rare for that to happen to you feels good i was glad to learn that result yes i do try to follow the research and stay evidence-based so so it's even better when the evidence is actually helpful and saying that we don't have to worry about that [Music] you

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