Excessive noise can damage the inner ear and lead to hearing loss. If possible, you should avoid exposure to loud noise. For example, do not listen to loud music, especially on a portable media player. If exposure is unavoidable in your work, always take steps to prevent hearing loss by using ear protectors or earplugs. You should also have regular tests to check that your hearing is not being damaged.
From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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