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

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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