Pre-registered controlled comparison of auditory function reveals no difference between hospitalised adults with and without COVID-19

Visram, Anisa and Jackson, Iain and Guest, Hannah and Plack, Christopher and Brij, Seema and Chaudhuri, Nazia and Munro, Kevin (2024) Pre-registered controlled comparison of auditory function reveals no difference between hospitalised adults with and without COVID-19. International Journal of Audiology, 63 (5). pp. 300-312. ISSN 1499-2027

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Abstract

Several viruses are known to have a negative impact on hearing health. The global prevalence of COVID-19 means that it is crucial to understand whether and how SARS-CoV2 affects hearing. Evidence to date is mixed, with studies frequently exhibiting limitations in the methodological approaches used or the populations sampled, leading to a substantial risk of bias. This study addressed many of these limitations. A comprehensive battery of measures was administered, including lab-based behavioural and physiological measures, as well as self-report instruments. Performance was thoroughly assessed across the auditory system, including measures of cochlear function, neural function and auditory perception. Hypotheses and analyses were pre-registered. Participants who were hospitalised as a result of COVID-19 (  = 57) were compared with a well-matched control group (  = 40) who had also been hospitalised but had never had COVID-19. We find no evidence to support the hypothesis that COVID-19 is associated with deficits in auditory function on any auditory test measure. Of all the confirmatory analyses, only the self-report measure of hearing decline indicated any difference between groups. Results do not support the hypothesis that COVID-19 infection has a significant long-term impact on the auditory system.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
International Journal of Audiology
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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Subjects:
?? covid-19sars-cov2auditory functionhearing lossspeech and hearinglanguage and linguisticslinguistics and language ??
ID Code:
193188
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Deposited On:
10 May 2023 13:00
Refereed?:
Yes
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Published
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15 Jul 2024 23:47