Following a car accident, you might notice specific physical injuries immediately and seek treatment for those injuries. As your treatment progresses, you might also become aware of another type of injury: hearing loss, ear pain, or ringing in your ears (tinnitus). Tinnitus (ringing in the ear) is not a disease – tinnitus is a condition that occurs in the natural aging process for some individuals. Trauma causing an ear injury or circulatory system disorders may also cause tinnitus.
How Do Ear Injuries Occur in Car Accidents?
If you or your loved one have sustained an ear injury, you may realize the significant effect this injury has on your life. When seeking proper medical attention and compensation for your hearing loss or tinnitus, you must understand how these injuries may occur in a car accident. To obtain the best possible result in your injury claim, it would be best if you were represented by an experienced personal injury attorney who understands these types of injuries to fight and win full compensation in your ear injury case.
Whiplash is one of the types of movements that cause ear injuries in motor vehicle accidents. Whiplash occurs when a person’s head and neck are forced into a rapid forward-and-backward motion because of the collision’s impact. Studies have shown that whiplash can cause many bodily traumas, such as inner ear injuries, hearing loss, migraine-associated vertigo, acute and chronic middle ear otitis, sudden deafness, otosclerosis, damage to the central nervous system disease, and neck and spinal injuries.
Ear injuries also occur during an auto accident due to blunt force trauma to the head. When an accident victim strikes their head on the part of the vehicle or the victim is thrown to the ground, this brute force impact can break the temporal bone and damage the victim’s middle and inner ear. This type of trauma may also damage the accident victim’s eardrum.
Another cause of ear injuries during vehicle accidents is airbag deployment. Airbags are essential for injury prevention in an auto accident, but airbags can also pose a hazard due to deployment force. The sound of deployment itself may also cause ear ringing. However, the most common cause of hearing loss or tinnitus after an accident is caused by the airbag striking the accident victim’s head, resulting in ear injuries.
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