Hearing loss can occur following a whiplash injury
Posted Jun 23 2009 6:54pm
Approxdiately 10% of patientsw who have suffered a whiplash injury will develop hearing symptoms such as tinnitus, deafness and vertigo. This can occur even with low speed car collisions. Even a 5 mile an hour rear end collision cna result in acceleration of the head which can explain the damage that can occur to an unsupported neck
Besides hearing loss following a whiplash injury, balance problems, headaches, nausea can occur along with the tinnitus and vertigo. Usually the hearing loss can occur in the high frequency range.
Since the majority of the type of hearing loss (tinnitus) occuring after a whiplash injury is subjective meaning there is no medical way to verify its presence, the medical prognosis is very guarded. However there are non medical approaches which are being studied.
Managing the dysfunction in the cervical spine joints along with the TMJ (jaw joint) is showing some promise. In our chiropractic office we have seen improvement in jaw pain and decrease in some patients with Tinnitus as well. Contact our office at 860-620-9523 or click on our website link to find out is we can help you.