Very much so. Sound causes pressure on the internal organs that enable us to hear. Excess pressure is damaging to the mechanisms of hearing just as excessive pressure in an engine is dangerous to an automobile. This is especially true for people who spend a lot of time around loud noises due to their work or leisure activities; that’s why hearing health professionals recommend wearing hearing protection when noise levels are at 85 decibels or higher. Even operating a lawn mower over long periods of time, without hearing protection, can lead to some degree of hearing loss.