Why do I have ringing in my ears following a car accident?

Posted by Leslie M. Stovall, Esq. | Aug 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Injuries following a car accident (or accident that involves injury to the head or neck) can cause a variety of symptoms including "ringing in the ears" known as "tinnitus". Many victims of car accidents suffer hearing loss from a head injury and in some cases, from a deployed air bag which causes an inner ear injury.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus or "ringing in the ears" is usually a result of an abnormality in the middle or inner ear. Tinnitus is extremely common in individuals who have sustained a closed head injury. Tinnitus or "ringing in the ears" a common condition characterized by the sensation of sound for which there is no external source outside the individual. In other words, people with tinnitus perceive sound when no environmental or external sounds are present. These sounds have been described as clicking, buzzing, and/or ringing.” The condition is more commonly known as ringing in the ears.

An injury patient may even experience some deafness in the side of the head from which the ringing noise arises. There are no diagnostic procedures available to detect tinnitus, but there are audiometric tests to detect any associated deafness.

Since there aren't any diagnostic tests for tinnitus, a health care professional has to look for symptoms. Some of the symptoms you could experience include a deafness to one side of the head. Usually, the deafness will occur on the same side as the ringing. Your physician will be able to identify how much your hearing is experiencing problems.

If you have ringing and or deafness in your ear it may mean there's a tear on one of your nerves. Specifically, the hearing loss could come from a tear on the nerve receptor.

Car accidents are one of the biggest reasons people have hearing loss problems. The loud explosion of an airbag or whiplash can cause serious hearing problems. Are you experiencing ringing in ears after a car accident?  It could have been from the deployment of an airbag.

An airbag can deploy with a sound pressure level of 170 decibels or more!That's an extremely loud sound when you consider that the noise of an entire stadium of people is only around 130 decibels. 170 decibels is well within the danger zone.

When a sound causes you to have hearing problems, it's called an “acoustic trauma.” Anyone present in the car when the airbag deploys could become a victim of an acoustic trauma.The explosion of the airbag can cause your tiny ear bones to fracture. Your eardrum could also rupture along with a sudden loss in your sense of balance.

After the airbag explodes, you could experience an instant discomfort in your entire ear. Other side effects of acoustic injuries include loud ringing and bleeding from the ear canal.

Common Medical Conditions After Car Accident

Two common medical conditions an acoustic injury can cause are:

  • Tinnitus
  • Vertigo

There's a number of different car accidents that could cause tinnitus of vertigo. If you've been in a head-on collision, rollover accident,  T-bone accident, or rear end accident you may be more susceptible to damage. These accidents by their very nature are extremely violent.

Contact Las Vegas Car Accident Lawyer

If you think you suffered head injury in a  car accident, and are experiencing tinnitus as a result, make sure you include it in your claim. Contact the car accident attorneys in Las Vegas. Call us at 702-258-3034 or fill out our "contact us form" to request a FREE consultation!

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Leslie M. Stovall, Esq.

Profile Leslie Mark Stovall, owner and founder of Stovall & Associates, has practiced law for over 23 years in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mr. Stovall established his Las Vegas office in 1987 and opened an office in Pahrump, Nevada in November 2008. His clients include individuals, corporations, partn...


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