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Acoustic trauma

  • Alternative Names

    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. Eardrum repair may be needed.

    A hearing aid may help you communicate. You can learn coping skills, such as lip reading.

    Support Groups

    Expectations (prognosis)

    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