A man in the U.K. developed sudden and permanent hearing loss in one ear after battling a severe case of COVID-19, according to a new report. His doctors are now warning others to be on the lookout for this rare but serious complication, which has been reported in a handful of COVID-19 patients around the world.

Early identification of sudden hearing loss is important because the condition can potentially be reversed with prompt treatment using steroids, the authors said. However, for the U.K. patient, treatment only partially improved his hearing, the report said.



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