Ringing in the Ears After a Car Accident
A person can experience ringing in the ears after a car accident. Also known as tinnitus, ringing in the ears can seemingly occur out of the blue even several weeks after a collision.Tinnitus is the word used to describe a buzzing, ringing, or hissing in the ears. An individual may experience this feeling non-stop, however for some, it may come and go. Tinnitus is a condition that occurs as the result of another injury, trauma or disorder. Often, tinnitus presents as a symptom of whiplash or traumatic brain injury caused by trauma to the head. It is important to seek medical attention for ringing in the ears after a car accident, as it could signal a more serious underlying issue.
Sometimes, individuals experience ringing in the ears after a car accident because of a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Trauma can cause the brain function to change and result in an individual experiencing tinnitus. Typically, tinnitus is not diagnosed in the emergency room immediately after an accident because emergency personnel are more focused on treating other injuries. Likewise, car accident victims are more focused on pain associated with injuries to other parts of their body to notice they are experiencing ringing in their ears. At some point, however, individuals recognize that the ringing will not go away and will seek medical treatment. For these reasons, ringing in the ears after a car accident often goes undiagnosed for weeks.
Tinnitus occurs when the nerve networks of the ear are disrupted by head trauma. When these nerves are disrupted, it creates a “rewiring” of the brain’s tone map. Individuals who experience traumatic brain injury, may have dormant nerve clusters in the brain that become active. This results in information being passed along an incorrect route and being sent to a part of the brain not meant for processing auditory information. Accordingly, these clusters of nerves not normally associated with hearing are rattled making them sensitive to sound and create a ringing the ears.
Whiplash can result in a person experiencing ringing the ears after a car accident. Whiplash is a neck strain or injury that occurs because of a rapid movement of the head during a collision. Nerves and ligaments can become damaged by this jerking movement. Sometimes, whiplash injuries can result in tinnitus requiring the necessity of medical treatment. It is important to seek medical attention if experiencing ringing in the ears after a car accident involving a whiplash injury.
Furthermore, ringing the ears after a car accident can be associated with the deployment of an airbag. Upon impact, airbags rapidly deploy causing a very loud noise. This loud noise can injure the ear and result in an individual experiencing tinnitus. Sometimes, the sound associated with an airbag deploying can be so loud that it causes bleeding in the ear canal. Moreover, the physical impact of the head hitting an airbag can cause ringing in the ears after a car accident.
West Coast Wellness provides chiropractic and medical treatment for relief from injury pain and symptoms, including ringing the ears after a car accident. Dr. Barr uses the latest state-of-the-art equipment and therapy to fix your pain fast and restore you back to health. West Coast Wellness is here to help you overcome the pain associated with car accident injuries. To learn more about the ways we can help, contact us at (941) 210-3969. We are accepting patients throughout the Southwest Florida area.