So much speculation about covid! The more the scientific and medical community dig, the deeper the mysteries of this virus. There will likely be studies into the next century trying to determine the cause and effects of Covid 19 and its offspring variants. Many who’ve had covid have their own tale to tell regardless of the “experts.”
I can tell you with certainty that because of my bout with covid I now must wear hearing gizmos (for some reason I can’t bring myself to call them hearing aides.)
Let me be honest…my hearing before my covid experience was not ideal. Occasionally I had to turn up the volume on the television, okay? That was about the extent of my problem. This is a common issue nowadays due to most programs, other than news and programs of that ilk, being filmed on site…and not in a studio. In addition, actors whisper or speak in low voices. Often there are sirens screaming in the background or dramatic music of some sort playing. Plus, in all honestly, women’s voices being at a higher pitch than men’s are often more difficult to hear with all the background hub-bub. But my hearing pre-covid was acceptable.
I was down with the virus for about five days (although it took me about two more weeks to get my energy back full force). However, to the point: upon my “return” I immediately noticed that I could hear people on television talking but I could not understand a word. Not a word. Just voice noise. Naturally I blamed the television acoustics. “We need a new television with speakers.” Then I repeatedly told my husband to speak up and to quit slurring his words. “Tom, your speech is really getting slurry. Are you okay?” Then I noticed I often had to ask people to repeat themselves, or I just guessed at what they said. I even tried to read lips sometimes. This was far more difficult than I imagined. “People need to learn to enunciate!” I exclaimed. Worse yet was when a person wore a mask AND cowered behind a plastic barrier. Occasionally, someone I could understand came along. I noticed it was usually always a male and we’d be outside – not in an indoor setting.
After four months of asking people to repeat themselves or guessing at what they said, or saying “what?” continually, I had my hearing tested. I thought I was doing quite well in the little booth…until human voices became part of the test. I had to repeat what a woman said at a social gathering…each time the gathering grew louder. It was a pointless test…I could only detect one or two words when at the quietest level.
Needless to say I was shocked at the hearing test results. But the other shock came when I was told that both my eardrums were riddled with scars. I have never had an ear infection. In my entire life no one, doctor or nurse, has mentioned anything about scars on my eardrums. How do eardrums get scarred? Could it be covid?
Everyday that I put my hearing gizmos in, I pray this is just long covid or a temporary loss and that one day my hearing will be back, but my hopes for a recovery are fading. Even though I feel very sad about all of this, I know I’m lucky not to be totally deaf.
This is not definitive proof for a scientist that covid caused my hearing loss, I know that. But it’ll be hard to convince me otherwise.