The brain is the control center of the body. This organ is involved in all human activities and is protected by the skull.
For this reason, head injuries after an accident are generally considered to be the most severe. Trauma to the head can affect all of your senses, including your hearing. Outlined below are a few important things to consider.
Damage to the temporal lobe
The temporal lobe is the part of the brain that largely deals with auditory responses. If this is directly damaged, your hearing could be significantly impacted. Additionally, there are two hearing pathways that reside in the brain stem. While it is extremely rare for both of these components to be damaged simultaneously, it is possible, and the end result can be a loss of hearing.
Auditory verbal agnosia
The left hemisphere of your brain contains most of the key components for processing language. If these areas of the cortex are damaged during an accident, a person may have difficulty hearing. Sufferers of this condition may technically still be able to hear, but they usually have extreme difficulty in making any sense of spoken words. That can be disastrous for both their professional and personal lives.
Head injuries can affect your hearing in numerous ways. Some conditions may be treatable and short-lived, while others can be life-changing. If you’ve been caught up in an accident and someone else was clearly to blame, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Seeking legal guidance on the matter will help you to better understand your options.