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Alternative Names Return to topInjury - inner ear; Trauma - inner ear; Ear injury
Definition Return to top
Acoustic trauma is injury to the hearing mechanisms in the inner ear due to very loud noise.
Causes Return to top
Acoustic trauma is a common cause of sensory hearing loss. Damage to the hearing mechanisms within the inner ear may be caused by:
Symptoms Return to top
Exams and Tests Return to top
The health care provider will usually suspect acoustic trauma if hearing loss occurs after noise exposure. Audiometry may determine how much hearing has been lost.
Treatment Return to top
The hearing loss may not be treatable. The goal of treatment is to protect the ear from further damage.
A hearing aid may help you communicate. You can learn coping skills, such as lip reading.
Outlook (Prognosis) Return to top
Hearing loss may be permanent in the affected ear. Ear protection may prevent the hearing loss from getting worse.
Possible Complications Return to top
Progressive hearing loss is the main complication of acoustic trauma.
When to Contact a Medical Professional Return to top
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if:
Prevention Return to top