Acoustic trauma

  • Definition

    Acoustic trauma is injury to the hearing mechanisms in the inner ear due to very loud noise.


    Alternative Names

    Injury - inner ear; Trauma - inner ear; Ear injury


    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
    • Gunshots
    • Long-term exposure to loud noises (such as loud music or machinery)