A 45-year-old British man has lost his hearing in one ear after catching the coronavirus – prompting experts to warn that the deadly bug may cause permanent deafness among some patients, according to reports.
The man — whose only underlying medical condition was asthma — was referred to an otolaryngologist when he experienced the hearing loss after being treated for COVID-19 at a hospital, The Sun reported.
His condition had deteriorated after spending about a month on a ventilator but improved when treated with remdesivir, steroids and a blood transfusion, according to the news outlet.
But the man soon developed tinnitus — or ringing — in his left ear and then lost hearing in it.
Specialists found no blockages or inflammation in his ear canals. Tests for rheumatoid arthritis, HIV and the flu also came back negative, The Sun reported.
“Despite the considerable literature on COVID-19 and the various symptoms associated with the virus, there is a lack of