Your ears are delicate organs, so you must take care of them.
If you do, you can probably prevent hearing loss caused by excessive noise or intrusion by foreign objects.
Here is some good advice about preventing hearing loss and tinnitus.
- Be aware of noise in your workplace. The sound level must not exceed 85 dB. If it does, reduce the noise level or wear ear protectors.
- Lower the volume of your television, personal stereo or Walkman. Don't play them too loudly and take special care if you use headphones. You must also take care when using the car stereo. It is common to turn up the volume in the car because of noise from the engine and the wind.
- Wear ear plugs if you go to rock concerts or night clubs. Take a break so your ears can rest, and do not stand close to loudspeakers.
- Wear headphones if you use noisy equipment such as drills, lawnmowers, etc.
- Do not use cotton wool. It may push wax down onto your eardrum and can increase the production of wax and/or damage the eardrum.
- Do not put fingers or towels in your ears. They can also push wax down onto your eardrum and can damage your skin.
- Unclean water can cause ear infections which may result in hearing impairment.