How can I prevent hearing loss?

There are steps you can take to help prevent or lessen the severity of hearing loss:

hearing lossAvoid loud noises.
Wear earplugs or earmuffs.
Keep the volume down on earphones, stereos, computers, video games and televisions.
Educate kids about the dangers of loud music and other noises.
Make sure you and your children have had the proper immunizations against the measles and other diseases.
Get prompt medical treatment for ear, nose and throat infections for you and your children.
Follow your doctor's advice for medical conditions that can cause hearing loss, such as high blood pressure and Meniere's disease.
Avoid prolonged use of medications that can cause hearing loss.
When blowing your nose gently blow one nostril at a time.
Don't clear your ears with a 'diver's blow' by pinching your nose closed and forcing air into the ear canal.
Don't put cotton swabs, fingers, or any foreign object into the outer ear canal.
Gently clean excess wax by following the instructions on an ear wax removal kit.

Get regular screening, especially if you are in a high-risk job or participate in a high-risk hobby. See your doctor immediately if you experience any sudden loss of hearing in one or both ears. This can indicate a reaction to medication, a clot or tumor near the auditory nerve, or a neurological problem.