Is Your Hearing Loss Because of a Metal on Metal Hip Replacement?
Long-term exposure to high cobalt and chromium metal levels causes hearing loss and other auditory problems. Patients with metal on metal hip replacements could be at higher risk for hearing problems. Over time, the ball and cup in a hip implant can rub together and release metal debris into your body. When this happens, the levels of cobalt and chromium (or metal ions) in your blood increases. Most importantly, if metal ion levels in your body get too high, you can develop metallosis, a type of metal poisoning.
- You are at increased risk of developing hearing problems if your implant is metal-on-metal, such as a Biomet M2a hip implant.
- Your risk of metallosis is especially high if your implant has fractured or required revision surgery in the past.
Symptoms of Hearing Loss Caused by Metallosis
If you experience any of the following symptoms in one or both ears, your metal on metal hip implant may be the cause:
- Inability to hear higher-pitched sounds. For example, you may have difficulty understanding or hearing words with “S,” “H,” and “F” sounds.
- Difficulty understanding female voices more than male voices.
- Difficulty understanding speech in noisy environments
- Ringing in ears
- Trouble with balance. Hearing loss is caused by damage to the inner ear, which is also responsible for balance. If your inner ear is damaged enough, you may notice problems with your balance.
- General ability to understand speech slowly getting worse
Do You Have a Metal on Metal Hip Implant Case?
If you’re experiencing any type of hearing loss or balance problems from a metal on metal hip, you should talk to an attorney right away. Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. represents people across the United States suffering from side effects and severe reactions to hip implants.
There are important steps you should take to preserve evidence for a metal on metal hip claim. We can walk you through the entire process. Complete the form at the bottom of this page, contact us by the live chat tab, or call our attorneys now at 888-952-5242.
Diagnosing Hearing Loss from Metal on Metal Hip Implant
If you have a metal on metal hip replacement and are having any type of hearing issues, tell your doctor immediately and ask for a hearing exam. Your doctor should also test your blood for cobalt and chromium levels to see if they’re above the safe levels.
- Important note: hearing loss is a common and natural effect of aging, especially among men. For that reason, your doctor may have attributed your hearing loss to aging. However, if you have a hip implant and are showing any other symptoms of Metallosis from metal on metal hip replacements, your doctor should test your metal ion levels and monitor your health closely.
Is Hearing Loss Due to Metallosis Curable?
Revision surgery on your implant should decrease the metal ions in your blood. When the metal ion levels go back down to normal, your hearing may improve or even return to normal. However, if you wait too long to receive treatment, you may not be able to reverse the hearing loss.
Types of Hearing Loss Caused by Metal Poisoning from a Hip Implant:
If you and your doctor find that you’re experiencing any of the following conditions in one or both ears, your metal on metal hip replacement may be the cause:
- High-frequency hearing loss or trouble hearing high-pitched sounds
- Tinnitus: ringing in the ears
- Sensorineural hearing loss. This is hearing loss caused by damage to the inner ear or the nerve from the ear to the brain
Report Your Problems to the FDA
There is something you can do: Report your adverse metal on metal hip experience to the FDA by filling out a MedWatch form.
Hip manufacturers are required to report all hip failures to the FDA but often find loopholes to keep this data hidden.
If the FDA doesn’t have accurate reporting of patients suffering from serious complications, then neither does your surgeon. Your doctors rely on FDA data to diagnose problems and know when a specific type of hip implant is having issues.
Don’t let the hip implant makers brush your information under the rug. Most people don’t know that you can self-report problems. The FDA needs to hear from you. Empower yourself against these huge corporations who put profits above your health.
It’s simple to fill out and an important way to make your voice heard. Here is a link to the form:
Our Extensive Legal Experience in Metal on Metal Hip Litigation
➨ Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. is one of only a handful of law firms in the nation that has reviewed the millions of discovery documents involved in this type of litigation. Other law firms contact our attorneys for advice on these cases.
➨ Our attorneys have personally questioned under oath dozens of orthopedic hip manufacturer’s employees from all over the world, including surgeons, designers, marketing executives, and corporate CEOs.
➨ In 2008 Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. filed the first lawsuit in the United States against a manufacturer of the current generation of defective metal-on-metal hip replacements. Ever since we have been at the forefront of litigation against the makers of these defective medical devices across the United States.
➨ We have developed contacts within the orthopedic community, an understanding of how that community works, and we have extensive medical and technical knowledge about defective orthopedic hip replacements.
➨ Our Firm is aggressively and actively litigating defective metal on metal hip cases through the U.S. state and federal court systems. We are not waiting for a settlement that may never come because our clients need help now.
Meet Our Metal on Metal Hip Legal Team
Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. has focused its practice on defective hip replacement cases for over a decade. Our attorneys aggressively litigate these cases for clients across the entire country. We are a national law firm, and can represent you in any state or US protectorate.