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How can you take care of your ears to prevent hearing loss?

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Hearing loss is often permanent, so do what you can to preserve your hearing. Wear earplugs when you're around sounds as loud or louder than traffic. When possible, move away from the source of the noise. For example, cross the street or cover your ears when you walk past a loud road construction site.

If you work in a noisy workplace, talk to your employer about ear safety. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that employers install barrier walls or mufflers in noisy plants to protect their workers' hearing.

From: Hearing Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Audiology: "Hearing and Hearing Loss," "Facts About Hearing Loss."  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "The Prevalence and Incidence of Hearing Loss in Adults," "Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults," "Ototoxic Medications (Medication Effects)," "Adult Aural/Audiologic Rehabilitation."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Loss and Older Adults," "Sudden Deafness," "Quick Statistics," "Presbycusis."   

National Academy on an Aging Society: "Hearing Loss: A growing problem that affects quality of life."

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. "Work-related Hearing Loss." 

American Tinnitus Association: "How Loud is Too Loud?"

FDA: "Questions and Answers about Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, and Revatio: Possible Sudden Hearing Loss."

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Hearing Loss." 

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: "Hearing Loss."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on December 13, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Audiology: "Hearing and Hearing Loss," "Facts About Hearing Loss."  

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "The Prevalence and Incidence of Hearing Loss in Adults," "Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults," "Ototoxic Medications (Medication Effects)," "Adult Aural/Audiologic Rehabilitation."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Hearing Loss and Older Adults," "Sudden Deafness," "Quick Statistics," "Presbycusis."   

National Academy on an Aging Society: "Hearing Loss: A growing problem that affects quality of life."

National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. "Work-related Hearing Loss." 

American Tinnitus Association: "How Loud is Too Loud?"

FDA: "Questions and Answers about Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, and Revatio: Possible Sudden Hearing Loss."

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery: "Hearing Loss." 

University of California, San Francisco Medical Center: "Hearing Loss."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on December 13, 2017

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