HEARING LOSS from non-occupational NOISE exposure. In addition to actual damage to the auditory mechanism, research has revealed that noise may contribute to loss of sleep, tension, headaches, reduced vision, sexual impotence, heart disease and mental illness. These in turn contribute to more complex psychological and social problems.
Compare: HYPERACUSIS, NOISE POLLUTION, OCCUPATIONAL DEAFNESS, PRESBYCUSIS, THRESHOLD SHIFT.
Ref.: Alexander Cohen et al., "Sociocusis - Hearing Loss from Non-Occupational Noise Exposure," Sound and Vibration, 4:11, November, 1970.