Many of us take for granted how much we depend on our senses to understand the world around us. Vision and hearing are critical in helping our brains process information so that we can interpret our environment. When there is an injury to the eyes, ears, or brain, it can result in hearing or visual impairments ranging from mild to profound.
Visual and hearing injuries can occur in a wide range of accidents including:
Losing the ability to see or hear can impact every aspect of your life–from your ability to earn a living and communicate to your emotional well-being. If you have experienced vision or hearing loss in an accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses.
At The Krist Law Firm, P.C our experienced attorneys have handled personal injury claims involving hearing and vision loss, and we understand the devastating impact of these injuries. Our attorneys have the experience, knowledge, and resources to fight for the maximum available compensation for your losses while you focus on recovery.
Common Causes of Hearing & Vision Loss
There are a number of injuries that can lead to hearing or vision loss. These may include:
Eye or ear Infections
Traumatic brain injuries
Damage caused by foreign body in ear or eye
Hearing Loss Impairments
There are three main types of hearing loss–sensorineural, conductive, and mixed. Sensorineural hearing loss is usually caused by damage to the inner ear. Conductive hearing loss occurs when there is an issue with the external ear canal, ear drum, middle ear structures. Mixed refers to a combination of these two types of hearing loss.
Hearing loss can differ in severity and is generally classified as either mild, moderate, severe, or profound. The degree of hearing loss is divided into levels based on the softest sounds a person can hear, which are known as decibels (dB).
Normal hearing ¬– 0 to 25 dB
Mild – Generally, the softest sounds a person with mild hearing loss can hear are 25 to 40 dB. This will make it difficult to hear conversations particularly in noisy environments.
Moderate – On average, people with moderate hearing loss have a threshold anywhere from 40 to 70 dB, which makes it hard to understand moderate speech when there is background noise.
Severe – Severe loss hearing threshold level is 70 to 90 dB, which means that regular conversations are inaudible and will require the use of hearing aids.
Profound – This type of loss results in the inability to hear less than 90 dB. People with profound hearing loss are unable to detect sounds even with amplification.
Vision Loss Impairments
Visual impairment is defined as a limitation of one or more functions of the visual system that cannot be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Visual impairment can vary in degree, ranging from low vision to blindness. Nearly one million Americans lose some degree of sight annually due to eye injuries.
Visual acuity is the sharpness or clarity of vision, which is measured by the ability to distinguish numbers or objects at a distance of 20 feet. In the United States, normal vision is defined as having a visual acuity of 20/20. According to the CDC, visual impairment is classified as having 20/40 or worse vision even with corrective lenses.
Blindness is a severe visual impairment in where there is significant vision loss. Someone is considered to be legally blind if their vision acuity is worse than or equal to 20/200 or a visual field of less than 20 degrees in diameter in the best eye with the best possible correction.
Contact a Houston Personal Injury Lawyer for Help
A sudden loss of vision or hearing can be incredibly distressing and can result in a life-long disability. If you or a loved one has suffered a hearing or visual impairment as a result of another person or company’s negligence, contact the experienced Houston personal injury attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C for help.
Our compassionate team of attorneys can evaluate your case, explain your options for pursuing a claim, and shoulder the burden of pursuing a personal injury claim. Over the past 40 years, we have been able to help countless accident victims recover compensation for past and future:
Loss of earning capacity
We work tirelessly to maximize compensation for our clients and have obtained some of the largest published personal injury recoveries in the state of Texas. We’ll fight for the maximum available compensation for your injuries and losses because we understand how essential financial recovery is to your physical and mental healing process.
Contact the Houston vision & hearing loss attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today by calling .