Injury - inner ear; Trauma - inner ear; Ear injury
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.
Hearing loss may be permanent in the affected ear. Ear protection may prevent the hearing loss from getting worse.
Progressive hearing loss is the main complication of acoustic trauma.
Tinnitus (ear ringing) can also occur.
Calling your health care provider
Call for an appointment with your health care provider if:
- You have symptoms of acoustic trauma
- Hearing loss occurs or gets worse
Review Date: 08/04/2010
Reviewed By: 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.