Hearing Loss & Damages
Hearing loss is a common effect after an
explosion occurs—the severity of which depends greatly on how close you were
to the scene of the event. The loss of hearing that occurs because of
an incident is often called "acoustic trauma" which means that
your inner hearing mechanism within the ear were greatly affected by a
sudden and extremely loud noise.
Understanding Ear Damages
In brief summary, the damages an explosion can have on your ear may vary.
External ear damages can be caused by the debris of an explosion, rather than the actual overpressure
of the blast. The Tympanic Membrane (TM) is essentially the part of your
ear that transits pressure oscillations using different sound waves. When
an explosion happens, your TM is affected and displaced because the pressure
from the blast will actually enter your external auditory canal. Depending
on the blast, the damage may be between minor hemorrhaging to complete
membrane perforation. Your
middle ear may also be damaged in the event of a larger blast; if there are lesions with the Cholesteatoma,
it can harm not only your middle ear but also the temporal bone or skull base.
Damage to your inner ear is less severe as you will likely start hearing again within hours to
weeks of the explosion; however, injury within the auditory components
Symptoms of Acoustic Trauma
You may have been a recent bystander of an explosion in your area, whether
you are an employee or a resident in a town—either case may result
in severe hearing damages or loss.
Some of the symptoms for hearing loss include:
- Total deafness
- continual ringing noise in one or both ears
- Difficulty or altogether inability to hear low-intensity sounds or quiet speech
- The speech and sounds you can hear are muffled
Contacting an Experienced Industrial Injury Attorney
Blast injuries, such as hearing loss or various levels of damages, can
be a terrifying thing to experience regardless of whether you received the
injury on the job or as a nearby resident from the blast. In some cases, these
injuries can be healed over time and in others the loss may be a permanent
situation. Just because you are suffering physically, doesn't mean
you have to suffer the weight of the extensive medical bills, lost wages,
and other costs. At
Arnold & Itkin, we are experienced legal professionals who can help you fight for the
monetary compensation you deserve.