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Some equipment sometimes have a high pitch ringing, and I was wondering out of curiosity: can noises (not only drive you crazy but also) settle and become permanent ringing in your ear if you are exposed long enough?

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closed as off-topic by Nathaniel, Kyle Kanos, John Rennie, tpg2114, Qmechanic Mar 13 '14 at 15:07

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    $\begingroup$ This question appears to be off-topic because it is about human perception. (Maybe try Biology stack exchange instead?) $\endgroup$ – Nathaniel Mar 13 '14 at 11:45
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    $\begingroup$ +1 Perfect question! I was wondering this yesterday, never asked. Good! $\endgroup$ – Your Majesty Mar 13 '14 at 13:31
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No. Tinnitus may occur as a result of prolonged exposure to high-amplitude sounds, but I am not aware of any studies linking the perceived frequencies (in tinnitus) to the frequencies of the sounds which preceded the onset.

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