The term acoustic accident was literally translated into German through a false interpretation as ‘akustischer Unfall’. But in fact we understand by this term a sudden disturbance of the inner ear which occurs during a short exposure to noise where the noise lies below the acoustic trauma. We describe a case where the patient – after being exposed to a noise of 106 dB only during some seconds while turning his head – became deaf primarily on one side. Thereafter he showed a decrease in the middle frequency range. We establish the hypothesis that a vascular disturbance of the inner ear should be made responsible for the hearing loss and not the exposure to noise as such.

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