Tinnitis and Motor Vehicle Accidents Are More Hand-in-Hand Than You May Think

We’ve represented a lot of clients who have suffered tinnitus as a result of motor vehicle accidents (MVAs).

What is tinnitis?

People who experience tinnitus describe hearing different and sometimes variably changing and intertwining sounds like ringing, hissing, static, crickets, screeching, sirens, whooshing, roaring, pulsing, ocean waves, buzzing, clicking, dial tones and even music.

You can hear examples here and here.

From a neurological standpoint there are two primary causes of tinnitis following a whiplash injury:

  1. Trauma to the head or tractioning of the spinal cord results in abnormal nerve signals from the upper spinal cord or cranial nerves resulting in ringing of the ears (tinnitus)
  2. The jaw (or TMJ) is intimately connected with cranial nerves, including those that control hearing, and damage (elongation, traction) of the TMJ joint in and of itself can cause tinnitus as a result.

It doesn’t matter if a person is involved in a rear, frontal, or side impact accident—both of these mechanisms may be present in any type of motor vehicle.

It’s important in a personal injury case to capture all of the injuries caused by an accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can help obtain recovery for tinnitus following a motor vehicle accident.

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