Can ultrasonic sounds damage human hearing?

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John Yockachonis

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Can ultrasonic sounds damage human hearing?
« on: 19/07/2010 10:30:02 »
John Yockachonis asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hello,
 
I wonder if an ultrasonic noise, say 25kHz and above, of a very high amplitude, can damage a human's hearing.

Since my ears are designed to produce input to my brain at between ~20-20kHz, my eardrums would still vibrate violently at an ultrasonic frequency, or would they?
 
Thanks for your time,
 
John

What do you think?
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