Deafness/Hearing Impairment/ear

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Hi I have only one functional ear. I use ear protection when I do noisy housework to protect my hearing . Anyhow I wore the headphones for something and there was a pop as I pressed against my ear (apparently it was the plastic that regulates the size) it seemed loud but it probably wasn't seemed that way because it was outside of the headphone. Would such a noise be harmful to hearing?

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It is very rare that a noise like that would cause permanent hearing damage.  An impulse or explosive noise has to be in excess of 140 dBHL, according to OSHA, before it is hazardous to our hearing.  Otherwise, noise of a lesser intensity would have to be continuous over a long period of time before causing permanent damage to hearing.

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Kelley Linton, AuD
Doctor of Audiology

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I'm an audiologist in private practice in Arkansas. I graduated from the University of Florida medical school. I specialize in hearing loss; hearing rehabilitation; hearing aids; noise induced hearing loss; occupational noise exposure; OSHA guidelines and regulations; hearing protection; tinnitis; newborn hearing testing; children and hearing loss and diagnosis and etiology of hearing loss.

Experience

I've been a practicing audiologist for 20 years and have owned a private practice for 14 years. I am also an audiologist in the United States Army where I teach DOD hearing conservation regulations and manage 3000 DOD employees at an army industrial facility.

Organizations
Arkansas Academy of Audiology American Academy of Audiology Academy of Doctors of Audiology American Speech and Hearing Association National Hearing Conservation Association

Publications
Journal of the Academy of Audiology Southwest Times Record, Fort Smith, Arkansas Press Argus Courier, Van Buren, Arkansas

Education/Credentials
Au.D. - Doctor of Audiology, University of Florida American Academy of Audiology fellow member Audiology Board Certification American Speech and Hearing Association certification Arkansas State Audiology license-current CPT United States Army Medical Corps

Awards and Honors
American Speech and Hearing Association "ACE" award x 7 years United States Army Accommodation Award Arkansas Academy of Audiology elected board of director x 3 years Better community award, Fort Smith, AR for volunteer audiology service to free community health clinic

Past/Present Clients
Serving newborn to geriatric ages.....unable to provide specific names.

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