Hearing Loss and Accidents

When it comes to your senses, many people take them for granted. Your sense of smell, sight, taste, touch, and hearing all work together to provide you with an accurate depiction of the world and the many things going on around you on a daily basis. No one faculty should be taken for granted though, as they each play a critical role in your life and not everyone is able to have them all in working order.

Your ability to hear is definitely a coveted one and one that a large chunk of people have problems with. Almost 20 percent of Americans have reported some degree of hearing loss and about two to three of every 1,000 children in the U.S. are born with a detectable hearing loss in one or both ears, according to the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA). While it might not be an epidemic, hearing loss is something that affects millions of Americans and can even be a driving factor in many people’s injuries.

Study Highlights Correlation to Injury

A recent study discovered those with poor hearing are at increased risk for accidents. The study tracked all types of injuries from driving and work related to leisure or sports related ones. Across the board, there was a steadily increasing risk of injury with hearing loss. The results showed that those with a little trouble hearing were 60 percent more likely to have been injured, while those with moderate trouble were 70 percent more likely. Those suffering from a lot of trouble with hearing were worse off, sitting at 90 percent more likely to have been injured. If you take the time to think about it, hearing plays a big role in helping you develop your surroundings. Losing the ability to hear can make any run of the mill situation a dangerous one.

Maybe you are driving and did not hear the motorcycle in the lane next to you, setting the scene for an accident bound to happen when you decide to change lanes. Or maybe you were trying to cross the street only to be struck by a car you did not hear coming. The world is a dangerous place and losing your hearing as you age does not make it any less dangerous — it just makes you more susceptible to its dangers.

In Alabama, accidents that result in injury happen all the time. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury in any type of accident, then you need to contact Salter Ferguson, LLC. The central Alabama law firm has the skills and experience to get you a positive outcome no matter how challenging your case may be. They handle all types of personal injury cases from car, truck and motorcycle accidents to dog bites and defective products. They will fight to make sure you are properly compensated for your injuries. Call 205-408-4357 today to begin discussing your legal options.

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