Acoustic trauma - Overview
Injury - inner ear; Trauma - inner ear; Ear injury
Definition of Acoustic trauma:
Acoustic trauma is injury to the hearing mechanisms in the inner ear due to very loud noise.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors:
Acoustic trauma is a common cause of sensory hearing loss. Damage to the hearing mechanisms within the inner ear may be caused by:
- An explosion near the ear
- Long-term exposure to loud noises (such as loud music or machinery)
- Reviewed last on: 8/4/2010
- Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, University of Washington, School of Medicine; Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
Lonsbury-Martin BL, Martin GK. Noise-induced hearing loss. In: Cummings CW, Flint PW, Haughey BH, et al, eds. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2010:chap 151.
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