Have you ever felt the sensation in your ear where you hear a faint ringing? There isn’t anything ringing on the outside of your ear, but you feel like a high-pitched bell was rung inside your head. This phenomenon is referred to as tinnitus.
Tinnitus can happen to all of us at any time of our lives, and it typically goes away shortly after the noise inside your ear begins. However, tinnitus can be an indicator of more serious medical conditions. People who have been injured in car accidents can experience tinnitus after the wreck. If ringing, hissing, or buzzing sensations frequently continue, it may be time to consult with a doctor for an evaluation.
What is Tinnitus?
As briefly stated above, tinnitus is the sensation you have when you hear a faint ringing, hissing, buzzing, etc., that typically last from several seconds to a couple of minutes. Tinnitus itself is not a condition; it’s a symptom.
If your ear was injured, impacted, or struck in a car accident, or if your head was injured, the tinnitus may be an indicator that something is wrong in your auditory system (which is responsible for the sense of hearing).
There are two types of tinnitus: “subjective” and “objective” tinnitus. Subjective tinnitus is when you hear a faint noise, but only you hear it. This can be caused by problems in your inner, middle, or outer section of your ear. This may also involve issues with the way your brain is interpreting auditory pathways. This is the most common type of tinnitus.
The second type of tinnitus, objective tinnitus, is when the noise you are hearing can be heard by your doctor. Subjective tinnitus is more serious than objective tinnitus, because the issue may involve a problem with a blood vessel, muscle contractions, or a bone condition.
Car Accidents and Tinnitus
When someone is in a car accident, the body can move and jolt in many ways that can cause injury, not to mention the impact that the body has with the parts of the vehicle (e.g. air bags and broken glass). Although the head may appear normal after a car accident, if someone is experiencing tinnitus, there may be damage in the victim’s auditory system.
If not examined by a doctor, ear damage can seriously affect the rest of the body. The main issue
that can occur is loss of balance. This loss of balance should not be taken lightly. Severe dizziness, complete loss of balance, fatigue, blurred vision, and lightheadedness can be associated with loss of balance stemming from the ear.
When to See a Doctor
If you have been in a car accident and have experienced tinnitus following the wreck, it may be a good idea to receive a medical evaluation from a doctor. If there is nothing wrong with your hearing, then it would just be to make sure. However, if something is wrong in your evaluation, then the appropriate treatment can begin.
If you were the injured victim of a car accident and have tinnitus but are concerned about paying for your medical bills, the Anderson Law Firm can help. Our law firm works with a network of doctors that treat car accident patients through a letter of representation (LOP), which is a letter stating that your medical bills will be paid for after we have won your case from your settlement. You don’t pay anything upfront to get treated. Contact our law firm today to get started today.