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I noticed ringing in my ears after a collision with a semi, and now it seems like I just can’t hear that well. What are the symptoms of hearing loss I should be looking for?

 

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Ringing in your ears could be one sign of hearing loss. When constant ringing in the ears occurs, it is known as tinnitus. This high-frequency sound can cause a noise-induced hearing loss. However, there could be other signs of hearing loss including:

  • Roaring, buzzing, or hissing sound
  • Ear pain
  • Headaches
  • Fluid leaking from the ear
  • Itching in the ear
  • Muffled hearing
  • Difficulty understanding what others are saying
  • Trouble distinguishing specific words when there are background noises
  • Balance problems
  • Vertigo

Also, if people are telling you that you are listening to your television or music a lot louder than you usually do, it could be a sign you have suffered some sort of hearing loss. Sometimes a loud explosion from an airbag could cause tinnitus and other times hearing loss can occur as a result of suffering a blow to the head in a truck accident. If you have ringing in your ears or hit your head in the crash, you should seek medical treatment immediately because you could have fractured or dislocated a bone in your ear.

Sometimes hearing loss can be temporary and injuries to the ear can heal on their own. However, sometimes permanent damage to the ear occurs that results in permanent hearing loss. If you have experienced any of the symptoms listed above, you should seek medical treatment immediately.

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Damian Mallard, Esq.
Board Certified Sarasota Personal Injury Attorney