If it is loud enough to startle you into stumbling or not checking on what you are doing it can hurt you and BAD. I have a serious problem with people who use their car horns as a source of showing their irritation (though I confess I have engaged in the practice myself) because even if they are NOT honking at ME, if it is loud and close enough, I tend to get distracted on the road to determine what went "wrong" and that has nearly caused me to rear end another driver. If someone has a heart condition it could also trigger a heart attack, but even being relatively young and at least physically healthy, I do tend to get irritated by sudden loud noises or the continuing throb of crappy bass beats vibrating someones "Hoopdy" car.
Noise-induced hearing loss is an irreversible condition that can have a terrible impact on a person?s life.
If you are exposed to loud noise continually over a period of time, the nerve receptors in your inner ear may eventually die, and once damage occurs it cannot be repaired.
Hearing loss can also result from exposure to sudden loud noises, such as explosions, gun shots or heavy hammering. These types of noises are commonly referred to as ?impact? noises and, if loud enough, can cause immediate, permanent damage.
Permanent hearing loss may also be accompanied by tinnitus or ringing in the ears.