Hearing loss caused by accidents
When we think of deafness and hearing loss, we typically think of age-related hearing loss or noise-induced hearing loss. We figure that if we have not spent our entire lives listening to loud music or working in a factory then we are not at risk. But what happens if you are injured in an accident and this leaves you with hearing damage?
This is often the case when a sudden impact to the head causes inner ear injuries. Injuries can include:
- Inner ear concussion.
- Fractured or dislocated middle ear bones.
- Damage to the cochlea, which is the main sensory organ for hearing.
- A hole in the inner ear.
- Bleeding in the inner ear.
Road accidents are a major cause of ear injuries that result in hearing loss and can even create balance problems. This is because a road accident often involves a sudden and hard impact to the head. In addition, the deployment of airbags can also lead to hearing loss. Aside from the risk of physical impact to the head, when an airbag explodes, the sound pressure level can be greater than 170 decibels. This is known as acoustic trauma.
Acoustic trauma, also called acoustic shock, is caused by a sudden and loud noise. The sudden noise can cause damage to the cilia in our ears. These are the tiny hairs that transmit sounds through our ears. This damage can cause permanent hearing loss.
How do I know if I have permanent hearing loss?
If you have injured your head in an accident and you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, you may have sustained injuries to your ear:
- Muffled hearing.
- Difficulty having a conversation.
- Difficulty hearing the television or radio unless they are on a high volume.
- Difficulty distinguishing between certain sounds and words.
- Difficulty having a conversation over the phone.
If you are suffering from any of these symptoms, it is important to seek immediate medical attention. Though some ear injuries cause permanent hearing loss, others can heal over time or with the proper treatment. A medical professional will be able to give you a prognosis after proper examination.
How do I make a hearing loss accident claim?
Call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 and one of our legal advisors will be able to walk you through the process of making a hearing loss accident claim. You will then be referred to our best personal injury lawyer to take your case forward.
All of our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis. Call us now for a no-obligation consultation on your hearing loss accident claim.
Date Published: May 4, 2014
Author: David Brown