Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine 2009 (Feb); 16 (2): 53–55
Tranter RM, Graham JR
ENT Department, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust,
Princess Royal Hospital,
Lewes Road, Haywards Heath,
West Sussex RH16 4EX,
Approximately 10% of patients who have suffered with whiplash injury will develop otological symptoms such as tinnitus, deafness and vertigo. Some of these are purely subjective symptoms; nevertheless, for the majority there are specific tests that can be undertaken. These tests can quantify the extent and severity of the symptoms as well as provide guidance as to the correct rehabilitation pathway. This article reviews the body of literature relating to the otological aspects of whiplash injury and gives an overview for medical and legal professionals.