Sudden hearing loss not linked to COVID-19 infection or vaccination

Clinical Question

Is documented sudden hearing loss associated with COVID-19 infection or vaccines against it?

Bottom line

As compared with incidence rates before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, hearing loss rates did not increase in Finland, and neither COVID-19 infection nor vaccination was associated with an increase in the overall incidence of documented hearing loss. 1b

Study design: Cohort (retrospective)

Funding: Unknown/not stated

Setting: Population-based


Allen F. Shaughnessy, PharmD, MMedEd
Professor of Family Medicine
Tufts University
Boston, MA

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Arup Kumar Dhara

Impact assessment

Very good


not often seen

hearing loss often neuro



Clinically it was only the first covid 19 variation that we noticed hearing loss. Pts have not complained of this as a symptom with later infection so not surprised with the results which as a result do not tell us enough and are rather misleading