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5 Terrifying Realities Of Losing Your Hearing In A Car Accident

Airbag deployment can cause hearing loss

No one expects to lose their hearing in a car accident, but hearing loss from car accidents and airbags is frightfully common, and come with some pretty scary after-effects.

5. Tinnitus

Hearing loss - tinnitus

Airbags deploy explosively, at decibel levels of up to 170dB. For comparison, a loud rock concert or nightclub is between 115 – 129dB. If you’ve ever left a concert or nightclub with your ears still ringing afterwards, you’ve had tinnitus. Usually it goes away after a while. When an airbag deploys, it can cause similar symptoms, but because it is much louder, there is a greater risk that the rest of your life will sound like that morning after a Stones concert.

4. Vertigo

Vertigo - airbag injury

Tinnitus is a form of damage to your inner ear, or cochlea. Part of the cochlea is a set of tubes called semicircular canals which control balance and equilibrium. When you damage the semicircular canals, you can contract vertigo. This means you could have a permanent “spinning” sensation, constant dizziness, and severe difficulties walking or moving.

3. Surgery

Inner ear injury - surgery

By Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Your ear is home to the incus, malleus, and stapes. Also known as the middle ear ossicles. These are the smallest bones in your body, and act to transfer sound to the cochlea. The impact of the airbag could damage these bones, which could require surgery to correct or even replace them.

2. Permanent Hearing Loss

Hearing loss - airbag

Losing any amount of hearing will affect the way you hear and understand people. Hearing loss can have a devastating effect on your quality of life and physical well-being, including irritability, fatigue, depression, withdrawal, loneliness, reduced alertness, reduced earning capacity, and diminished overall health.

1. Medical Expenses

Medical expenses

Surprisingly, not all insurance plans cover the whole cost of hearing aids, if they are covered at all. The average hearing aid is between $2000 – $7000. If you require surgery, your medical costs could be very high, especially if you have a high deductible plan.

If you or a loved one has suffered a hearing loss from your car accident, you need an attorney with experience navigating the insurance system. Use our form below to schedule your free consultation and learn about your rights. 

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