acoustic shock

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acoustic shock (countable and uncountable, plural acoustic shocks)

  1. The symptoms that can be caused by unexpected loud sounds (an acoustic incident) received through a telephone headset.
    • 2006 November 19, Jo Revill, “1,000 call centre workers suffer from noise shock”, in The Observer:
      More than 1,000 people working in call centres across Britain are thought to have suffered the effects of acoustic shock, a little-known hearing condition triggered when people are exposed to a loud and unexpected noise.