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What is hearing damage?

Hearing damage is complete or partial hearing loss as the result of a trauma, injury, or occupational hazard. Hearing damage caused by trauma or injury can include an acoustic trauma (damage from a loud noise, explosion, gunfire, or music), barotrauma (damage from unequal air pressure inside and outside the ear as can occur from flying or deep sea diving), a skull fracture (particularly when the temporal bone - the bone encasing the inner ear - is damaged), or eardrum rupture. Hearing damage caused by an occupational hazard includes hearing loss brought on by prolonged or intense exposure to loud noises at work (like loud machinery) or at entertainment venues (as from music amplifiers).

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