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10.6.13 How acoustic trauma occurs

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When there is a single incident involved and it results in trauma to the acoustic organ, it is known as acoustic trauma.

Example

A RAAF member accidentally discharges his firearm in a vehicle, prior to dispersing birds from the runway. The member may suffer the effects of acoustic trauma.

An audiogram of a person suffering from acoustic trauma may show a flat loss, a high frequency loss or a low frequency loss.