You may be suffering from tinnitus if you hear a buzzing, roaring, hissing, clicking or ringing sound in one or both ears. The sound may be temporarily bothersome (come and go) or it may be constant. The sound may be minor, or it can be so loud that it interferes with your ability to hear normal sounds around you.
Tinnitus is a symptom and not a condition, and an audiologist should be consulted immediately to determine whether the underlying cause is age-related hearing loss, a circulatory problem or an actual ear injury.
If your tinnitus stems from an ear injury, it may have been caused by exposure to a loud noise such as a vehicle impact or an airbag explosion. Noise related tinnitus is common, but that does not prevent insurance companies (and defense attorneys) from frequently challenging tinnitus claims on the basis that they are “subjective” and difficult to prove. Ironically, “objective” tinnitus is the rarer of the two types and subjective tinnitus is in fact far more common, especially following a sudden and loud noise.
Regardless of the type or cause of tinnitus, it can be debilitating and frustrating for an injured individual and their families, as we all cherish our ability to hear clearly. The peace of mind that comes from not having a constant ringing or buzzing sound in our ears is not something that should be taken for granted, and its value should not be diminished by insurance companies.
If you believe that you are experiencing tinnitus due to an ear injury caused by someone else’s negligence, we can help arrange medical treatment and properly explain your plight to the wrongdoer’s insurance company and defense counsel.
An airbag deployment can generate an average sound pressure level around 160 dB (decibels) or more. Even temporary exposure to this level of sound pressure can cause hearing loss, which can be permanent or severe.
According to the Journal of Forensic & Legal Medicine, approximately 10% of patients who suffer a whiplash injury will also develop ontological symptoms such as tinnitus, deafness and vertigo.
Tinnitus caused by a brain injury can follow damage to the inner ear, auditory nerves or the neural pathways involved in your hearing. Depending on the longevity of symptoms, the tinnitus can sometimes be permanent.