A pressure pulse above 150 dB will burst the eardrums. I speculate that displacement of the membrane is far above normal range. I speculate that the initial displacement will get passed along to the inner ear to disrupt the hair cells and stimulate the auditory nerve, but the chain will break down when the eardrum ruptures. How is this pressure pulse perceived by the owner of the eardrum?

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    $\begingroup$ Maybe biology.stackexchange.com would be a better place to ask? $\endgroup$
    – J..y B..y
    Commented Oct 7, 2023 at 12:25
  • $\begingroup$ Most likely, it will sound like having your eardrum burst by a punch. From experience: It sounds loud beyond loudness, followed by quietness. It is not that painful as one might speculate. *Presuming it is a sudden increase in dB. A slow increase in dB would be torturous. $\endgroup$
    – sfast
    Commented Oct 10, 2023 at 5:51
  • $\begingroup$ @DrBunny Please let me know if you want to give this question a chance at biology SE. I can move it there. It may require placing less emphasis on what it "sounds like". $\endgroup$
    – Steven Jeuris
    Commented Oct 11, 2023 at 11:26
  • $\begingroup$ I'm interested in the subjective experience, what is perceived, not the biology. $\endgroup$
    – DrBunny
    Commented Oct 12, 2023 at 1:16
  • $\begingroup$ @sfast Is it perceived as a single beat, with a frequency too low to be heard as sound? $\endgroup$
    – DrBunny
    Commented Oct 12, 2023 at 1:17


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