You may be able to prevent ringing in the
ears if you:
Limit or avoid exposure to loud noises, such as
music, power tools, gunshots, and industrial machinery.
Wear protective earplugs or earmuffs if you
cannot avoid loud noises. Do not use wadded-up tissue or cotton balls. These do
not protect adequately against loud noises, especially the more dangerous high
frequencies, and they may become lodged in the ear canal.
careful when using stereo headphones. If music is so loud that others can hear
it clearly or you can't hear other sounds around you, the volume is too
Cut back on or stop drinking alcohol and beverages
Do not smoke or use smokeless tobacco
products. Nicotine use may cause tinnitus by reducing blood flow to the
structures of the ear. For more information, see the topic
Exercise may prevent tinnitus because it improves blood flow to the structures
of the ear. For more information, see the topic
Maintain a healthy weight.
Tinnitus occurs more frequently in obese adults. For more information, see the
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 12, 2010
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