What is acoustic trauma and how does it relate to ear injury?

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Acoustic trauma is when your ear is assaulted by an overpowering sound wave. These types of traumas can cause ear injury. Explosions, gunshots, and loud music all are possible sources of these overwhelming sound waves. Long-term exposure to loud noises (as from machinery or music) can also cause acoustic trauma. It may lead to full or partial hearing loss. With partial hearing loss, it is high pitched noises that are affected most.

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If you have an ear injury, you may experience symptoms like earache, clear or bloody discharge from the ear, or changes in or loss of hearing. Ear injuries can also cause dizziness, nausea, and other symptoms. If you are injured a...

nd have severe pain in your ear or other worrisome symptoms, have your doctor examine your ear. Do not try to stick tweezers or cotton swabs in your ear to remove a lodged object as this might make the injury worse. If your ear is bleeding or wounded, wash the cut and apply a compress. Continued bleeding after 10 minutes may need to be checked out by a medical professional.
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