With exposure to loud noise, there may be damage to the soft tissue of the inner ear. Noise-induced hearing loss may result in tinnitus, a problem that causes you to hear a humming, roaring or buzzing sound in the ears or in the head. The tinnitus may be short-term or long term (chronic). Noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus may occur in one ear or both ears.
While exposure to loud sounds may cause short-term or temporary hearing loss and/or tinnitus, long term exposure to continuous sounds or even forceful vibrations can result in destructive molecules inside of the ear that damage hair cells in the cochlea. Doctors believe these molecules play a key role in hearing loss in both children and adults.Noise-induced hearing loss can happen to anyone of any age. While veterans are at high risk for noise-induced hearing loss, so are children or teens who listen to loud music or construction workers who work with loud machinery.