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Reducing Your Risk of Hearing Loss

  • Cynthia M. Johnson, MA
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Reducing Your Risk of Hearing Loss

The risks of some types of hearing loss cannot be lowered. The risk of other types of hearing loss can be reduced by taking these steps.

Avoiding Loud Noises

Exposure to loud noise over time can harm hearing. Wearing ear protection when exposed to loud noises can help reduce this risk. Examples of loud noises are target shooting and loud concerts.


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  • Noise-induced hearing loss. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders website. Available at: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/noise-induced-hearing-loss. Accessed May 10, 2022.
  • Sudden sensorineural hearing loss. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/condition/sudden-sensorineural-hearing-loss. Accessed May 10, 2022.


  • Daniel A. Ostrovsky, MD
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This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.