Hearing loss affects millions of people around the world, young and old alike. It can happen in an instant or gradually over time. You may prolong the health of your ears by taking the following precautions:
Limit the volume on your headphones or speakers. Avoid putting the volume on the highest level. Setting the volume at about 50% or lower is better for the ears.
Restrict the length of time you are exposed to loud, harsh, or repetitive noises or sounds. Remember to periodically give your ears a break.
Avoid standing close to the speakers at concerts of music venues.
Cover your ears. Use earplugs or protective gear to limit the impact that loud sounds or noises can have on your hearing.
Avoid banging on your instrument or practicing music too loudly for too long. A good teacher will let you know how to safely practice and produce a variety of sounds.
Be sure to clean your ears correctly. Wax build up is one of the most common causes of hearing loss and occurs when the ears are not cleaned, or when wax is pushed further down the ear canal.
Get your ears regularly checked and seek a medical professional if you have pain, ringing in your ears, drainage or noticeable hearing loss.