Q. Can sound from a loudspeaker cause any effect on my eardrum?

Answered by
Dr. Baidya Nath Majhi
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
Published on Mar 15, 2016 and last reviewed on: Jun 26, 2019

Hi doctor,

I went to a chant few days back. There the loudspeaker was very loud. The very next day I noticed that there is ringing in my left ear. Now, it has been four days, but it has not gone. Can you help me? I am very scared. Has it caused any effect on my eardrum? Please see to it. Thank you.

Dr. Baidya Nath Majhi

Otolaryngology (E.N.T)


Welcome to icliniq.com.

From your history of noise exposure and symptoms, it is suggestive of acoustic trauma.

It occurs after a single exposure to very intense sound which cause damage to the organ of corti or damage the hair cells. Symptoms include ringing sensation in ear known as tinnitus and hearing loss. Treatment depends on severity of symptoms. If only tinnitus is present, protect the ear from further damage and also take some neuroprotective drugs. But, first you need to do a pure tone audiometry (PTA) to assess the severity.

Investigations to be done:

1. PTA.
2. Tympanometry.

Probable diagnosis:

Acoustic trauma.

Treatment plan:

1. Capsule Zincosule-4G (Multivitamin) once daily.
2. Tablet Defcort (Deflazacort) 12 mg once daily
for seven days.

Preventive measures:

Avoid loud sounds.

Hi doctor,

I do not have hearing loss. Only some slight buzzing sound.

Dr. Baidya Nath Majhi

Otolaryngology (E.N.T)


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

It is a good sign that you are not suffering from hearing loss. Take the medication for seven days and if no improvement then do a PTA and revert back with report.

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