Is your hearing at risk?

POSTED: 02:09 PM MST Jan 02, 2014    UPDATED: 12:20 PM MST Jan 13, 2014 
Hearing Aid

By Mayo Clinic News Network

Repeated exposure to loud noise can damage the delicate, sound-sensitive hair cells in your inner ear. You can't reverse hearing loss, so take steps to protect your hearing:

1. Turn down the volume on headphones.

2. Wear earplugs or other protection when you're around noisy tools, equipment or firearms.

3. If you're frequently around loud noise, ask your doctor about yearly hearing exams.