When a person has been involved in a car accident, he or she might experience an array of injuries, one of which can include tinnitus. Tinnitus is a symptom that can be associated with head injuries, like those that can occur during a car crash.*
Head injuries can happen during a car accident because of the impact of the collision or due to airbag deployment. In the circumstances of a head injury, some accident victims can sustain an ear injury that carries symptoms of permanent or temporary hearing loss and tinnitus.
Tinnitus is widely referred to as ringing in the ear. When people have tinnitus, they are experiencing sounds in their ears that are not produced by outside causes; rather, they are hearing noises that are only inside their ears, like ringing, buzzing, or clicking sounds. Most people are probably familiar with the high-pitched ringing that can sometimes inexplicably take over their ears.
Usually, bouts of ear-ringing pass, but car accident victims can face chronic ringing or other ongoing ear noises, either due to injuries to the ear, or those that have a neurological basis. Tinnitus is a condition that can even progress to lasting hearing loss. This might be due to a nerve injury sustained in the accident. Tinnitus is more than just an annoyance. The ongoing noise can greatly interfere with victims’ lives, leading to lost concentration and sleep deprivation. Tinnitus should be taken seriously if it began following a car accident injury, and also as an indication of a potentially serious head injury. Such injuries can warrant a visit to a Neurologist/Neurosurgeon or an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor. However, anyone who experiences symptoms such as tinnitus, hearing loss or anything else caused by a head injury in the initial aftermath of an auto accident should go to the emergency room.
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*The above blog article discusses the above symptoms associated with ear and head injuries in the context of personal injury claims. None of the information above is meant to be construed as medical advice nor should the reader of this article rely on such information. Anyone who has suffered a head or ear injury should consult a medical doctor.