Tinnitus After Car Accident Can Cause Permanent Hearing Loss

June 11, 2010

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According to the Mayo Clinic, tinnitus (pronounced TIN-i-tus) is defined as noise or ringing in the ears. This condition affects about one in five people. Particularly after car accidents, tinnitus is a common problem that can be caused in a number of ways. The sheer decibel level of a car accident can be enough to cause temporary or permanent tinnitus. Airbag deployment can also cause tinnitus. As a matter of fact, the explosion of an airbag creates sound pressure equal to 170 decibels--more than an airplane jet engine or a shotgun blast at close range.

Recent studies suggest that more than 15 percent of car accident victims suffer some type of permanent hearing loss after airbag deployment.

The intense level of sound pressure caused by an auto accident is enough to cause immediate and even permanent hearing loss. "Acoustic trauma" can rupture the eardrums, causing other related problems such as severe loss of equilibrium (including dizziness and unsteadiness) and tinnitus (this can exhibit as persistent ringing, buzzing, roaring or pulsating sounds in the ears). Some people with serious trauma may even experience severe ear pain and bleeding from the ear canals.

If you've been in a car accident and suffered from tinnitus or any type of hearing loss or ear injury, you must contact a Modesto personal injury lawyer right away. This type of injury can cause you to suffer from ear ringing for years to come, and only a professional attorney can help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries.