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Can I hear ultrasounds?

It is likely you are not hearing the ultrasound itself (typical frequencies are upwards of 1 MHz, far beyond what the human hearing system is capable of detecting). You are probably hearing coil ...
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When does the use of headphones become harmful?

Using headphones at a sufficiently high volume level may cause cause trauma to cochlear structure in the inner ear which gives rise to temporary or permanent hearing impairment or deafness. Sound ...
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What's the rush in the case of sudden hearing loss?

According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, a sudden hearing loss (Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss) is considered as a medical emergency as the treatment is more efficient if ...
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Can induced deafness cure tinnitus

Short answer Sometimes (and yes, deafening has been used as a treatment for some patients). Tinnitus has multiple causes Although the mechanisms of tinnitus are not completely understood, many ...
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Does the *frequency* of loud sounds one is exposed to affect Tinnitus risk?

Different hairs cells in inner ear (cochlea) vibrate in various ways in respond to different sound frequencies. Small temporary changes or damages in the outer hair cells of the cochlea can trigger ...
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Perforated Eardrum Issue

Perforated eardrums (or ruptured tympanic membranes) are a problem older than mankind. The majority of cases (reported/observed, ~80%) heal spontaneously with little residual hearing loss or other ...
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Can you kill someone with a sound?

Sound is merely the vibration of molecules in a wave pattern and so the absolute theoretical answer to your question is, yes. Something that can vibrate your molecules has the power to kill you. It ...
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Headphone usage with audiobooks

I cover the answer to the vast majority of this question in this answer. Basically, there are standards regarding the total sound exposure that is safe, but the evidence base for these standards is ...
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Eliminating deafness

The term deaf (with a lowercase d) is generally not used clinically. In lay usage it can mean various degrees of hearing loss from moderate (possibly even slight or mild) impairments through profound ...
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Ringing in ears

Most people describe ringing in ears as tinnitus. From a medical perspective, the definition of tinnitus is a real mess. It is typically described as a symptom and not a disease and diagnosis is often ...
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Should I use headphones when I have hearing loss?

If you have sensorineural hearing loss and regularly use headphones, you might be listening to a louder volume than if you did not have hearing loss. This may mean you could be subjecting your ...
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Is regular nightly usage of earplugs healthy?

High quality custom ear plugs (e.g., http://www.etymotic.com/consumer/hearing-protection/erme.html although all custom plug are essentially the same materials) are essentially identical to the molds ...
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Alternatives to hearing aids

This is a very pragmatic question and I would like give you an explicit answer. Unfortunately I think that there is only so little objective information which hearing aid is the best. As said when ...
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When does the use of headphones become harmful?

The answer to this is really not known. The field of audiology now talks about "hidden hearing loss". This is hearing loss than does not show up in clinical tests. Kujawa and Liberman (2009) found in ...
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Is there any efficient treatment of Tinnitus (Ear ringing)?

Is tinnitus curable? No, there is no cure for tinnitus. It is connected to a malfunction in the neurons which turn the signals from the ear into the perception of hearing. The usual cause is that the ...
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Is there any efficient treatment of Tinnitus (Ear ringing)?

While there is no single treatment to tinnitus as a variety of reasons can cause it some kinds of therapy might help ease symptoms. Tinnitus is a symptom and not a disease so it is helpful to pinpoint ...
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Is rest necessary, recommended, or unnecessary in a mild Ménière's episode?

The short answer: I haven't come across anything that states that patients with a mild Meniere's episode should rest on principle even if they're feeling well enough to perform activities. So, I think ...
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How much music listening is harmless using earphones?

You should not listen to music at 85 decibels for more than 8 hours. And if it's at 88 decibels limit your time to 4 hours. To judge this you have to use decibels: Livescience.com A person ...
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If your brain tells you that you hear ringing in you ears, tininitus, why is it so difficult to tell it to stop?

Interesting research offers a possible explanation as to why, even when exposed to the same external harmful noise stimulus, some individuals will develop tinnitus and other individuals will not. ...
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Hearing some kind of screeching sound. Is it (not) normal?

Assuming you do not only hear these sounds on windy days while outside, wWhat you are describing is most likely tinnitus and not simply the wind passing your ear. While tinnitus is common, it is ...
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Which deteriorates hearing faster; treble or bass?

There are a number of issues wrapped up in this question. The first, which deteriorates faster treble or bass, is that Presbycusis, age related hearing loss, is a high frequency (i.e., treble) ...
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Can headphones produce undesirable ultrasounds that can damage my hearing?

The frequency response of a headphone is one of the biggest selling points with a wider and flatter response being "better". Ultrasound is typically defined as sounds above 20 kHz. The high end ...
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Optimal length of music break to reduce long term risks of noise-induced hearing loss?

Using noise isolating headphones poses no additional risks beyond regular headphones. Using high quality headphones poses no additional risks beyond wearing hearing aids, and in fact the materials are ...
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What can extreme tinitis and other ear problems be related to?

From what I can piece together, you are asking about the relationship between fluid build-up, eustachian tube or sinus dysfunction and other cranial conditions. The key thing to realize is that the ...
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How to open my partially closed ear?

The first thing to do is you should go to see a doctor. Your primary care physician can look deep into your ear to see if there is anything lodged in it. It may be a build up of wax, or debris. If so, ...
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Do humans have a loud sound avoidance reflex?

What you are describing sounds like a startle response. The startle response, along with the vestibular-occular reflex and acoustic reflex, and are often thought of as reflexes, despite not involving ...
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Washing the ear?

Yes avoid getting too much water inside your ears I would recommend against using ear buds they do more harm than any good. Stop poking inside your ear Regarding your existing condition please go ...
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What can cause reduced hearing range?

It's possible the speakers you're using to test are not able to output frequencies that high, even if they claim they should be able to. Aside from that, I'm pretty sure by age 30 your hearing ...
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Alternatives to hearing aids

Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA) do not require having anything in the ear. Rather, they are placed behind the ear and work based on bone conduction. Commercially available BAHAs are both expensive ...
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