acoustic trauma (s) (noun)
, acoustic traumas (pl)
The damage caused to the cochlear structures (parts of the inner ears known as the organs of hearing) by high-intensity sound stimulations (loud noises) that have demonstrable negative effects on hearing: Acoustic trauma
is sometimes temporary in the initial stages, but it can result in permanent damage with the continued exposure to loud noises.
To avoid having acoustic trauma, people should wear protective ear plugs or ear-cover protectors to minimize damage to their ears when using loud equipment.
Everyone should be aware of risks of acoustic traumas that are connected with such activities as shooting guns, using chain saws, lawn mowers, driving motorcycles, or when using snowmobiles.
Another way of avoiding acoustic trauma is to refrain from listening to loud music for long periods of time.
Acoustic trauma can occur as a result of an individual's occupation, such as rock musicians, construction workers, airline ground crew members, or by using earphones and headphones, etc. with the volume turned up too much.
, more atraumatic, most atraumatic
1. Referring to anything that is not inflicting or causing damage or injury: Doctors try to use atraumatic therapies or therapeutic instruments and devices that are unlikely to cause tissue or other physical damage to patients.
2. Especially designed or planned to minimize injurious effects: Dr. Hall used atraumatic sutures during the surgery.
A reference to that which is designed to avoid injury: "There is medical surgery which is done in a way that is atraumatically characterized by the use of methods or specific instruments that cause minimal harm or damage."
auditory trauma (s)
, auditory traumas (pl) (nouns)
A noise induced hearing loss resulting from a brief exposure to an intense sound which is not considered to be the same as noise-induced hearing loss of workers who are exposed to a continuous noise in their occupations: "An auditory trauma may have happened to someone at an early age or just before the onset of tinnitus."
, barotraumata (pl) (nouns)
1. Injury resulting from changes in atmospheric pressure: "Barotraumata can harm certain bodily organs; especially, the ears."
2. A term once used to describe injury to the middle ear or paranasal sinuses, resulting from imbalance between ambient pressure and that within the affected cavity: "Now barotrauma is a system that often applies to lung injury which occurs when a patient is on a ventilator and is subjected to excessive airway pressure known as pulmonary barotrauma."
3. A serious or critical bodily injury, wound, or shock that is caused by the rapid or extreme changes in air pressure: "Barotrauma affects the enclosed cavities within the body; such as, the middle ear (otic barotrauma), the sinuses (sinus barotrauma), and the lungs (pulmonary barotrauma)."
An injury caused by a blunt object or surface: "The male patient died of a blunt trauma to the head when he crashed his car into a wall."
cumulative trauma disorder (s)
, cumulative trauma disorders (pl) (nouns)
Any of various musculoskeletal disorders; such as, carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis; that are caused by cumulative damage to muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, or joints: "Cumulative trauma disorders are characterized primarily by pain, weakness, and loss of feeling of the hands, wrists, arms, or shoulders resulting from highly repetitive movements."
"The term cumulative trauma disorder is now also known as: repetitive strain injury, repetitive stress injury, repetitive stress syndrome, or repetitive motion injury."
A reference to the symptoms resulting from a severe injury in which people are unable to control their emotions or behavior: "The soldier had difficulty adapting to the hysterotraumatic wounds that he was experiencing after his military vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb in Iraq."
, hysterotraumatisms (pl) (nouns)
Excessive or uncontrollable emotions associated with a severe injury: "As a result of the automobile accident, the young girl was experiencing several hysterotraumatisms that were often expressed at night when she cried out because of the nightmares or terrifying and deeply upsetting dreams she was experiencing."
immediate post-traumatic convulsion (s) (noun)
, immediate post-traumatic convulsions (pl)
Sudden, violent movements, of the body that start soon after a severe injury: "Immediate post-traumatic convulsions result right after certain anxiety disorders have developed after exposures to some terrifying events or ordeals in which serious physical injuries have occurred."
laryngeal trauma (s)
, laryngeal traumas (pl) (nouns)
Injury to the vocal cords in the throat, whether accidental, as in a traffic accident; or iatrogenic, which is a complication resulting from some kind of medical treatment: "Laryngeal trauma of the woman's father came from damage that was caused by anesthesia and surgery that was being performed on his larynx or respiratory tract in his throat."
, microtraumas (pl) (nouns)
Slightly damaged body parts involving tissues or organs because of a disease or some very small injury: "The microtrauma of the patient seemed to be caused by a repetitive overuse of his legs at the fitness studio where he would spend hours on the treadmill running and walking and then running faster than when he started."
, neurotraumas (pl) (nouns)
1. Injury to a nerve or to the nervous system.
2. Mechanical injury of a nerve.
A reference to or relating to an injury to a nerve or to the nervous system.
occlusal trauma (s) (noun)
, occlusal traumas (pl)
Injury to the periodontium caused by occlusal forces transmitted through a tooth: "Occlusal trauma is related to occlusions of the teeth; especially, the chewing or biting surfaces resulting in occlusal wear."
Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "wound, harm, hurt, injure":