About The Study: The results of this study of 5.5 million Finnish residents show no evidence of an increased risk of sudden sensorineural hearing loss following COVID-19 vaccination. The study accounted for previous disease and other potential confounding factors. These results are based on diagnosis codes in specialized care but still need to be verified in settings that are capable of evaluating the degree of hearing loss. A large previous study found an increased risk for sudden sensorineural hearing loss following vaccination with the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Authors: Petteri Hovi, M.D., Ph.D., of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare in Helsinki, is the corresponding author.
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