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Tinnitus is a common condition. Every year, about 10% of adults in the U.S. experience at least an episode of it.
In the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, there were about 13,000 cases of tinnitus as of Dec. 17 — self-reported cases from patients and health care providers.
People who have gotten sick with COVID-19 have also complained of ear ringing. In the U.K., the National Health Service lists tinnitus as a common side effect of long COVID-19. And a review of scientific literature published in the International Journal of Audiology found tinnitus to be a commonly documented symptom among COVID-19 patients with an estimated 14.8% experiencing it. The authors did note a dearth of high-quality scientific studies on the topic.
Moon has some friends and family members who believe that her tinnitus came from her bout with COVID-19, not from the vaccine. But she has come to a different conclusion after hearing from an online community of people who share accounts of severe reactions to the vaccines.
“Because so many others have similar issues — or even worse issues — after the vaccine, when they were healthy,” she says.