Tinnitus is ringing, buzzing or other noises in one or both of your ears or your head. The noise you hear when you have tinnitus isn’t caused by an external sound, and other people cannot hear it.
A recent study by King’s College London revealed that one in five people who tested positive for COVID experienced tinnitus at the same time. Although for a few people within the study the ringing lasted only for a few days, more than half of them were experiencing tinnitus for weeks or months.
Another study, conducted by The University of Manchester and Manchester Biomedical Research Centre, found that 7.6 percent of people who contracted Covid went on to suffer a loss in hearing, while 14.8 percent of people reported suffering with tinnitus and 7.2 percent of people reported suffering with rotatory vertigo. A paper by researchers at Lamar University in Texas showed the estimated prevalence of tinnitus post COVID-19 is eight percent.
Some people may not be affected by the sound, but for others it can be very distressing and impact their quality of life, mood, sleep and concentration. In most cases, tinnitus improves with time because the brain forgets it’s listening to the sound.