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Accidents That Can Cause Hearing Loss

Posted on April 2, 2023

Hearing loss is a common and serious problem that affects millions of people worldwide. While some hearing loss is inevitable due to aging or genetics, some cases of hearing loss are caused by preventable accidents.


Explosions can produce extremely loud and sudden noises that can cause hearing loss. The noise can cause physical trauma to the ear, such as ruptured eardrums or damage to the auditory nerve. The extent of the damage depends on various factors, such as the proximity to the explosion, the intensity of the sound, and the duration of exposure. Military personnel, firefighters, and construction workers are at a higher risk of exposure to explosions. Preventing hearing loss caused by explosions involves wearing protective equipment like earplugs or earmuffs.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Motor vehicle accidents can cause hearing loss in several ways. The noise produced by the impact of the collision can exceed safe levels and cause immediate and permanent damage to the inner ear. The impact of the collision can also cause physical trauma to the ear, such as a ruptured eardrum or damage to the auditory nerve. The extent of hearing loss will depend on various factors, such as the intensity of the sound, the duration of exposure, and the proximity to the source of the noise.


Falls can cause hearing loss due to the sudden and loud sound produced by the impact or an injury to the head. Any trauma or injury to the head can affect the brain’s ability to process sound signals, leading to hearing loss. The most common type of head injury that can cause hearing loss is a traumatic brain injury (TBI), which occurs when there is a sudden blow or jolt to the head. The TBI can damage the inner ear, the auditory nerve, or the brainstem, leading to hearing loss. Additionally, the ear itself can be directly injured from a fall.

Chemical Exposure

Several chemicals can cause hearing loss, such as ototoxic chemicals, which are toxic to the auditory system. Ototoxic chemicals can damage the hair cells in the inner ear, which are responsible for converting sound signals into electrical impulses that are sent to the brain. Some common ototoxic chemicals include solvents, metals, and certain medications such as antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs.

Other types of chemicals can cause hearing loss by damaging the outer or middle ear. For example, exposure to chemicals such as insecticides, fungicides, and cleaning agents can cause inflammation or irritation of the ear canal, leading to hearing loss.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL)

Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a common workplace injury. Workers who are exposed to loud noises for prolonged periods are at risk of developing hearing loss, which can be debilitating and impact their quality of life. To qualify for workers’ compensation for NIHL, a worker must have been exposed to loud noises in the workplace for an extended period and must have suffered a measurable loss of hearing. In addition, the loss of hearing must also be a direct result of the worker’s exposure to loud noises in the workplace.

When another party is responsible for your hearing loss, you may have the right to take legal action. Arrange a free consultation with a Waco personal injury lawyer today.