The simple answer is YES – a single very loud noise can cause temporary and even permanent hearing loss.
According to the Canadian Academy of Audiology:
“…there can be a sudden permanent hearing loss if there is exposure to a brief but very intense sound.”
More from the Canadian Academy of Audiology on noise induced hearing loss:
There are three types of noise-related hearing loss. Temporary damage is done slowly and will often come back after a rest from the noise. Often people who have attended a loud rock concert have experienced this type of hearing loss.
Temporary hearing loss can progress to a permanent loss over time if the noise/music is loud enough and the exposure time is long enough. The damage sustained is cumulative, so each new exposure can add to hearing loss.
Finally, there can be a sudden permanent hearing loss if there is exposure to a brief but very intense sound.
Call us at 204.788.1083. We are happy to explain more about hearing loss due to noisy environment and how we can help you hear better again.