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Do high frequency sound waves cause earache?

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Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

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Posted on Fri, 28 Sep 2018 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: I bought an ultrasonic dog trainer. The way it works, it has a circuit which upon 3 dog barks it sends an ultrasound not audible to humans but very annoying for the dog and in the long run it trains the dog not to bark unless there is a reason. I try it for a couple of minutes but my ear was hurting badly so I disconnected it. Could it be the ultrasound that hurt my ears or do you think it was a coincidence.
Please give me your opinion on the matter.
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Answered by Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal 33 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Earache

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Very high frequencies can lead to earache and even sensory neural loss. The frequencies in the dog trainers are out of human hearing range and are not audible to humans. They are usually not associated with any such side effects and it depends on the quality of product. if you still feel the same than avoid using it.

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Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal, ENT Specialist
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