Is hearing loss preventable?

Absolutley! Some hearing loss is genetic and is not preventable. However hearing loss can and does occur with repeated and prolonged noise trauma. When in doubt... Wear hearing protection: mowing, firing weapons, avoiding loud music (headphones or not)...
Yes and No. Genetics, aging and infection are three causes of hearing loss that you may not be able to prevent. But noise induced hearing loss is not only preventable but avoiding loud noises either with iPods or industrial noise, can prevent one of the most common causes of hearing loss in western society.

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How can you prevent age related hearing loss?

Ear protection. Most hearing loss can be prevented by hearing ear plugs when exposed to loud noises or keeping the volume down while listening to music while wearing headphones. If you cannot carry on a conversation while listening to your earphones, the noise is too loud. Your ears will thank you later. Read more...
Prevention. Age related hearing loss is like age related vision loss. Called presbyacusis- cannot be prevented. But you can take certain precautions. Avoid loud repetitive sounds. Read more...

What can I do to prevent or avoid hearing loss?

Hearing loss. Hearing loss occurs for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons we can control and others we cannot. First, if you have a genetic or inherited form of hearing loss, there really isn't much you can do, except get a hearing test and use hearing aids, if necessary. On the other hand, one of the most common causes of hearing loss is from noise exposure. Control this by ear plugs or avoidance. Read more...

How can I help prevent my hearing loss at 64 when ancestors were hard of hearing?

Prevention . If your ancestors really had hearing loss that is hereditary, you may be affected. There are several syndromes- alport's, usher's, wardenburg, pendred etc. You need to see a geneticist to find out whether you carry any of these genes that may be responsible for these diseases. Otherwise you may have to have repeated hearing tests to look for hearing deficit. Read more...

What are some measures that should be taken to prevent hearing loss among the young?

Hearing loss. Prevention of hearing loss: 1. Do not expose yourself to loud noises above 85 decibels. 2. Any constant sustained noises damage the hearing apparatus. 3. A student explosion or close range gun shot can also permanently damage your ears 4. If you are in an occupation such as in the airport, construction workers using hammer drills, chainsaws- use protective ear plugs or ear muffs. Read more...

What can be done to prevent occupational hearing loss?

Hearing protection. Hearing protection: http://www.Osha.Gov/sltc/noisehearingconservation/index.Html. Read more...
Hearing loss. Prevention hearing loss: do not expose yourself to loud and persistent noises. Use ear muffs/ plugs when exposed. Read more...

Will hearing aid use prevent further damage and hearing loss for someone with sensory neuronal hearing loss?

No. A hearing aid acts just like a speaker near the ear, and does not change the nature of the problem inside the ear and head. In those cases where hearing loss is really bad, the hearing aid gets turned up loud, so theoretically could worsen the hearing organ... But life is full of trade-offs, and being able to hear is so valuable. Read more...
No. A hearing aid is an amplifying instrument. It has no effect on the underlying pathology o the inner ear. The aid can not prevent further degeneration of a sensori-neural hearing loss. Read more...
Perhaps. I would maintain that the answer is "maybe". There is at least the suggestion that if you restore stimulus to the auditory cortex via the current hearing aid technology, that part of the brain that has been deprived of input can actually improve it's function. The brain has "plasticity" and might well slow or even arrest additional hearing loss if incoming signals are restored. Read more...

I have a mild-moderate degree tinnitus. I can understand almost every conversation. I'm also a drummer. How do I prevent further hearing loss/tinnitus?

Nerve Injury. The chronic exposure to intense, loud noise trauma has likely caused sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). You need to protect your ears from loud noise using ear plugs. You also need to follow with your ENT for surveillance audiograms. You can decrease your tinnitus by using a hearing aid specific to your frequency loss. Read more...