Covid-19 may cause sudden and permanent hearing loss, experts have found, adding that such problems need early detection and urgent treatment.
The coronavirus has been found to affect the body in myriad ways, from a loss of taste and smell to organ damage.
Now doctors have reported fresh evidence that Covid could also affect hearing.
Writing in the journal BMJ Case Reports, experts at University College London report the case of a 45-year-old man with asthma who was admitted to intensive care with Covid, ventilated, and given drugs including the antiviral remdesivir and intravenous steroids.
A week after leaving intensive care he developed a ringing sound – tinnitus – and then hearing loss in his left ear.
The team say none of the medications the man was given would be expected to cause damage to his hearing, while he had no problems with his ear canals or ear drums. Further investigation showed no sign of autoimmune problems, while he did not have flu or HIV – conditions previously linked to hearing loss. What’s more, the man had never had hearing problems before.
Subsequent tests revealed the man had sensorineural hearing loss in his left ear – a situation where the inner ear or the nerve responsible for sound is inflamed or damaged. This was treated with steroids with partial success.
José Padilla, the Spanish DJ who helped define chillout music in the 1990s, has died aged 64 from colon cancer.
An update on his Facebook page reads: “It is with great sadness that we bring you the news that José passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday night here on his beloved island of Ibiza … Now he has gone and the sunset in Ibiza will never be the same without him, but the beautiful music of José Padilla will stay with us forever.”
Padilla was born in Girona in 1955 but moved to Ibiza in 1976, and began DJing in the island’s clubs. He made his name as resident DJ at Café del Mar, the San Antonio bar that became famous for pairing relaxed music with sunset vistas.
“MDMA could be a cure for tinnitus.” Yup, the much-loved club drug could treat illnesses, according to some university lecturers in Australia.
Research into the medicinal use of MDMA should come as no surprise. After all, it was discovered in 1912 by a German chemical company looking for a drug that would help blood to clot, and then brought to wider cultural attention by Alexander Shulgin in the 70s, who undertook lengthy research into the effects of MDMA and proposed its use in psychotherapy. However, after it was criminalised (’77 in the UK, ’85 in the US), any potential benefits were swiftly set aside. But some 100 years since it was found, there’s increasing feeling that it could be used in the treatment of depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, Parkinsons and even cancer. Is it finally time to admit that MDMA could be a beneficial drug?
Its potential therapeutic qualities are clear. It’s been reported that American war veterans suffering from chronic post traumatic stress disorder have been treated effectively. MDMA could also be used to fight depression and anxiety as some studies show that it has the power to help ‘switch off’ negative thoughts and it’s eased the trauma felt by victims of violent crime and sufferers of incurable diseases, too. No wonder MDMA was dubbed the ‘penicillin of the soul’ back in the day.
You’ve most likely partied on the drug, so you’ll know the effects it induces. You’ll have felt happy, open, willing to share your emotions, memories and thoughts. You can easily imagine it being used to help matters of the mind. But there’s more to it than that. Ex-stuntman Tim Lawrence has found that taking ecstasy eases the symptoms of his Parkinsons, allowing him to regain control of his body and subdue pain. He acknowledges the side effects but takes it twice a month, reckoning it’s better medicine than that prescribed by his doctor. There’s also the ‘prospect’ of an MDMA-derivative one day being able to fight blood cancer. When you put all of this down on paper, the possibilities seem crystal clear. And it’s gob-smacking that these possibilities are being ignored by governments on both sides of the pond.
Charlotte De Witte has released a new EP titled ‘Rave On Time’ via her KNTXT label. The release notes state the four-track outing is “about reminding us of the joys of being lost on the dancefloor”. It marks the seventh release on KNTXT, showcasing tough and throbbing techno.
Charlotte said: “Rave On Time. Three words that probably have never been more relevant. In a time where raving feels like a distant memory, it seems increasingly important to bring music back in our lives, in reverse. Let’s not forget where we came from and let’s not lose hope. We’ll be together again soon. Rave On Time.”
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