Extended exposure to loud noise can damage the tiny hair cells in the inner ear and result in a noise-induced hearing loss. In order to minimize the risk of acquiring such a hearing loss, it is advisable to follow these simple guidelines:Wear hearing protection (e.g. proper noise reducing headphones) in noisy places (construction sites, shooting range, etc.)Wear earplugs at music festivals and concerts where the noise levels can be incredibly loudReduce the amount of time you are exposed to the noiseMove away from the noise sourceLower the volume of your iPod or your hi-fi system and TV when listening with headphones
If you have pain in your ears after leaving a noisy area or you hear ringing or buzzing in your ears immediately after exposure to noise, consider this as a warning sign that the sounds are too loud and get your ears thoroughly evaluated.