Many of us know that a concussion can have a wide array of symptoms and negative effects. But did you know that a concussion can affect your hearing? In the blog article, we explore the connection between concussions and hearing loss.
What is a Concussion?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a concussion is a traumatic brain injury “caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that disrupts the normal function of the brain.” (source) For most people, concussions happen during sports, but not always. A concussion can be caused by a significant fall, car accident, or a direct blow to the head.
Concussions and Hearing Loss: What You Should Know
It should not be surprising that a traumatic head injury such as a concussion can affect one’s hearing. Depending on the severity, these negative effects can be temporary or permanent. A concussion can affect your hearing health in several ways and can be caused by any one of the following:
- A ruptured eardrum
- Damage to the small bones of the middle ear
- Damage to the tissues and membranes of the inner ear
- A disruption of blood flow and/or damage to the cochlear nerve
Here are some of the most common hearing-related symptoms one may experience after a concussion:
- Difficulty processing auditory information, especially in the presence of background noise
- Difficulty locating where sounds are coming from
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Vertigo and/or nausea
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
- Hyperacusis (increased sensitivity to certain frequencies and volume ranges of sound)
- Sensorineural or conductive hearing loss
If you or a loved one may have experienced a concussion and have difficulty with hearing or balance, it is recommended that you consult your physician. It is also recommended that you follow up by visiting your local hearing care professional and get your hearing checked.
Consult with the Hearing Experts at Kenwood Hearing Center
If you or a loved one have recently had a concussion and would like to get your hearing checked, we would be happy to help. Please contact us via our website in order to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced hearing care professionals.