Gregory Poland, MD, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minnesota, developed tinnitus soon after receiving his second dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
A little more than a year ago, Poland was driving back from the hospital after receiving his second shot when he nearly veered out of his lane.
“It was like someone suddenly blew a dog whistle in my ear,” Poland told (https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/exclusives/97592) MedPage Today last Wednesday (March 9). “It has been pretty much unrelenting.”
Poland now realizes his life may never be the same, and that many others may be grappling with the same reality. He continues to receive emails from other individuals across the country and around the world who say they have also developed tinnitus after COVID-19 vaccination.
Poland believes there may be millions of people affected worldwide. He feels strongly that more research should be done to determine what caused these symptoms and what can be done to help people desperate for relief.
“What has been heartbreaking about this, as a seasoned physician, are the emails I get from people that, this has affected their life so badly, they have told me they are going to take their own life,” Poland revealed.