SymptomsAcoustic trauma may cause temporary or permanent hearing impairments. You may notice that your hearing is temporarily decreased after attending a loud concert. However, acoustic trauma can cause progressive and permanent hearing loss. You may lose the ability to hear high-pitched sounds. This may make it more difficult to hear and understand others in noisy environments. Acoustic trauma can cause ringing in the ear, called tinnitus.
DiagnosisAn audiologist can diagnose acoustic trauma by reviewing your history, examining your ear, and performing hearing tests.
Am I at RiskPeople exposed to sudden or ongoing loud noises are at risk for acoustic trauma.
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