Tinnitus and Covid vaccination

Timothy C. Hain, MD. • See also: Covid and the ear. Page last modified: October 1, 2022

Dorney et al (2022) wrote "Out of 2,575,235 patients receiving a first dose of the mRNA COVID-19 vaccine without any prior tinnitus diagnosis, 0.038% (95% CI: 0.036%-0.041%) of patients had a new diagnosis of tinnitus within 21 days. There was a higher risk of a new tinnitus diagnosis after the influenza vaccine (RR: 1.95, 95% CI: 1.72-2.21), Tdap vaccine (RR: 2.36, 95% CI: 1.93-2.89), and pneumococcal vaccine (RR: 1.97, 95% CI: 1.48-2.64) than after the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. There was a lower risk of a new tinnitus diagnosis after the second dose of COVID-19 than after the first dose (RR: 0.80, 95% CI: 0.71-0.91)."

 

There does not appear to be a large risk of tinnitus with Covid vaccination.

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