H85 Acoustic trauma (ICD-10:H83.3)

January 22, 2024

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Acoustic trauma refers to damage to the inner ear or hearing loss caused by exposure to loud sounds or noise. It is a significant condition as it can have a profound impact on an individual’s quality of life, affecting their ability to communicate and function in daily activities. The aim of this guide is to provide healthcare professionals with a comprehensive overview of the diagnosis and management of acoustic trauma.


– ICPC-2 Code: H85 Acoustic trauma
– ICD-10 Code: H83.3 Noise effects on inner ear


  • Tinnitus: Perception of ringing, buzzing, or other sounds in the ears.
  • Hearing loss: Difficulty hearing or understanding speech or other sounds.

The symptoms of acoustic trauma may vary depending on the severity of the injury and can include:

  • Ear pain or discomfort
  • Sensitivity to loud sounds
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Ear fullness or pressure
  • Difficulty hearing in noisy environments


  • Exposure to loud sounds: Prolonged exposure to loud noises, such as music concerts, construction sites, or firearms, can cause acoustic trauma.
  • Sudden loud sounds: Exposure to sudden loud sounds, such as explosions or gunshots, can also result in acoustic trauma.

Diagnostic Steps

Medical History

A comprehensive medical history should be obtained to gather relevant patient information, including:

  • History of noise exposure: Inquire about the patient’s occupation, hobbies, and any recent exposure to loud sounds.
  • Duration and severity of symptoms: Determine the onset and progression of symptoms, as well as any associated pain or discomfort.
  • Medical conditions and medications: Identify any underlying medical conditions or medications that may contribute to hearing loss or tinnitus.

Physical Examination

A thorough physical examination should be performed, focusing on specific signs or findings indicative of acoustic trauma, such as:

  • Examination of the ears: Inspect the external ear for any visible abnormalities or signs of trauma. Evaluate the tympanic membrane for perforation or other abnormalities.
  • Audiometric testing: Conduct a hearing test to assess the patient’s ability to hear different frequencies and volumes.

Laboratory Tests

  • Blood tests: Perform blood tests to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may contribute to hearing loss or tinnitus.
  • Specialized assays: Consider specialized assays, such as genetic testing, if there is a suspicion of a hereditary cause of hearing loss.

Diagnostic Imaging

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): Use MRI to visualize the structures of the inner ear and rule out any structural abnormalities or tumors.
  • Computed Tomography (CT) scan: CT scan may be used to assess the bony structures of the ear and identify any fractures or other abnormalities.

Other Tests

  • Tympanometry: Measure the movement of the eardrum in response to changes in air pressure to assess middle ear function.
  • Otoacoustic emissions (OAE) test: Evaluate the function of the hair cells in the inner ear by measuring the sounds they produce in response to stimuli.

Follow-up and Patient Education

  • Schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor the patient’s symptoms and assess the effectiveness of interventions.
  • Provide patient education on the importance of protecting their ears from loud noises and strategies to minimize further damage.

Possible Interventions

Traditional Interventions


Top 5 drugs for Acoustic trauma:

  1. Corticosteroids (e.g., Prednisone, Dexamethasone):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $3-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Active infections, uncontrolled diabetes.
    • Side effects: Increased appetite, weight gain, insomnia.
    • Severe side effects: Increased risk of infections, adrenal suppression.
    • Drug interactions: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), anticoagulants.
    • Warning: Prolonged use may require tapering to avoid adrenal insufficiency.
  2. Antidepressants (e.g., Amitriptyline, Sertraline):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $4-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), recent myocardial infarction.
    • Side effects: Dry mouth, drowsiness, sexual dysfunction.
    • Severe side effects: Serotonin syndrome, cardiac arrhythmias.
    • Drug interactions: MAOIs, other serotonergic drugs.
    • Warning: May take several weeks to achieve therapeutic effect.
  3. Antianxiety medications (e.g., Alprazolam, Lorazepam):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $4-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Acute narrow-angle glaucoma, respiratory depression.
    • Side effects: Sedation, dizziness, confusion.
    • Severe side effects: Respiratory depression, dependence.
    • Drug interactions: Other central nervous system depressants, opioids.
    • Warning: Risk of dependence and withdrawal symptoms with long-term use.
  4. Vasodilators (e.g., Betahistine, Cinnarizine):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $5-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Pheochromocytoma, hypotension.
    • Side effects: Headache, gastrointestinal upset.
    • Severe side effects: Hypotension, allergic reactions.
    • Drug interactions: Antihypertensive medications, other vasodilators.
    • Warning: Use with caution in patients with asthma or peptic ulcer disease.
  5. Antioxidants (e.g., N-acetylcysteine, Vitamin E):
    • Cost: Generic versions can be $5-$50/month.
    • Contraindications: Allergy to the specific antioxidant.
    • Side effects: Gastrointestinal upset, allergic reactions.
    • Severe side effects: None reported.
    • Drug interactions: None reported.
    • Warning: Limited evidence for their effectiveness in treating acoustic trauma.

Alternative Drugs:

  • Ginkgo biloba: A herbal supplement that may have potential benefits for improving circulation and reducing tinnitus. Cost: $10-$30/month.
  • Melatonin: A hormone that may help improve sleep quality and reduce tinnitus. Cost: $5-$20/month.
  • Magnesium: A mineral that may have protective effects on the inner ear. Cost: $5-$15/month.
  • Acetyl-L-carnitine: An amino acid that may help improve hearing loss and tinnitus. Cost: $10-$30/month.
  • Alpha-lipoic acid: An antioxidant that may have protective effects on the inner ear. Cost: $10-$30/month.

Surgical Procedures:

  • Cochlear implant: A surgically implanted device that bypasses damaged parts of the inner ear and stimulates the auditory nerve. Cost: $50,000 to $100,000.
  • Tympanoplasty: Surgical repair of the eardrum to improve hearing. Cost: $5,000 to $10,000.

Alternative Interventions

  • Acupuncture: May help reduce tinnitus and improve blood flow. Cost: $60-$120 per session.
  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy: Involves breathing pure oxygen in a pressurized chamber to increase oxygen delivery to tissues. Cost: $200-$300 per session.
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): Non-invasive brain stimulation that may help reduce tinnitus symptoms. Cost: $200-$500 per session.
  • Sound therapy: Using external sounds, such as white noise or music, to mask or distract from tinnitus. Cost: Varies depending on the specific therapy or device used.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): A form of therapy that helps individuals manage their emotional and psychological response to tinnitus. Cost: $100-$200 per session.

Lifestyle Interventions

  • Noise protection: Encourage the use of earplugs or earmuffs in loud environments to prevent further damage to the ears. Cost: $5-$20 per pair.
  • Stress management: Help patients develop stress reduction techniques, such as meditation or relaxation exercises, as stress can exacerbate tinnitus symptoms. Cost: Varies depending on the specific technique or program used.
  • Healthy lifestyle habits: Encourage patients to maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and avoid smoking, as these factors can contribute to overall well-being and potentially improve tinnitus symptoms. Cost: Varies depending on individual choices and preferences.

It is important to note that the cost ranges provided are approximate and may vary depending on the location and availability of the interventions.

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This guide is for informational purposes only and should not replace the advice of a medical professional. Always consult with your healthcare provider or a qualified medical professional for personal advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Do not solely rely on the information presented here for decisions about your health. Use of this information is at your own risk. The authors of this guide, nor any associated entities or platforms, are not responsible for any potential adverse effects or outcomes based on the content.

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