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Hearing Mechanism

A couple of comments about your post:

Sound which has high peak-to-average levels, or, for a particular type of sound, a "high crest factor", are more damaging to your hearing than simple sustained loud sound. Do not mis-interpret what I wrote.

The phenomenon which you mention, which is basically "getting used to", is termed "temporary threshold shift". This is a natural hearing reaction to continuous loud sound. This topic has been described and discussed extensively.

The other issue is momentary peaks. When a peak comes along, our hearing system (in this case, the "middle ear") doesn't have enough time to "clamp down" like a limiter would, and the signal is passed right through to the inner ear. THAT is a problem.

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Edits: 06/17/17

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