Negligent Acts and Hearing Loss
A serious injury can have life-long effects on a person’s wellbeing, particularly if it involves damage to the skull or brain. One potential consequence of major injuries that is often overlooked is the risk of hearing impairment. Certain kinds of injuries can damage a person’s ability to hear certain pitches or understand speech, or may even create total deafness.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a hearing impairment caused by another party’s reckless behavior, you may be eligible to receive compensation for medical expenses, reduced earning capacity, and other losses. To learn more, call the Iowa hearing loss injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.
Injuries and Your Hearing
Human ears are complex and fascinating organs; unfortunately, they can also be quite delicate. A person’s hearing abilities may be temporarily or permanently damaged by injuries such as:
- Exposure to loud noise. When a person is exposed to sounds above 80 decibels (the loudness of street traffic) for several hours a day, the nerve cells in his or her inner ears can be permanently harmed. This is a risk for many factory and construction workers, for example. If a sound is loud enough, like an explosion, it can cause permanent harm even if it is very short.
- Spread of infection. Ear infections are a common cause of temporary hearing loss. When they are not recognized and treated, they can spread and may do permanent harm to the inner ear.
- Head trauma. A blow to the head, or a sudden violent movement of the neck, may affect hearing in several ways. Damage to the ear canal can impede normal hearing, as well as damage the auditory nerves of the brain. A serious head injury may even cause the eardrum to rupture, which may not be repairable.
Sudden hearing loss can affect a person’s career and personal life, and may require expensive treatments and devices such as hearing aids. Our Iowa hearing impairment injury attorneys are proud to help victims of negligence pursue the compensation they deserve.
The Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. strive to offer efficient, personalized legal services to each of our clients. Contact our offices today at 877-327-2600.