How Can You Protect Your Hearing?

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I just started a landscaping job, and running the equipment all day has cause ringing in my ears. How can you protect your hearing?

Doctor's response

Repeated loud noise exposure can be a cause of tinnitus as well as hearing loss. Loud music may cause short term symptoms, but repeated occupational exposure (for example, musicians, factory and construction workers) requires less intense sound levels to cause potential hearing damage leading to tinnitus. Minimizing sound exposure, therefore, decreases the risk of developing tinnitus. Sound protection equipment, like acoustic ear-muffs, may be appropriate at work and at home when exposed to loud noises.

A variety of medications may be ototoxic (damage the ear) and cause tinnitus. If tinnitus develops while you are taking a medication, stop the medication and discuss other options with your health-care professional.

To learn more about ear health, read our full medical article about tinnitus.

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Last Editorial Review: 10/4/2017
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"Etiology and diagnosis of tinnitus"
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