Many causes of hearing loss can be prevented if you and your child take the following steps:
Get good prenatal care.
Get proper treatment and follow-up care for middle-ear infections.
Avoid or minimize exposure to loud noises. Irreversible damage can result from prolonged exposure to sounds not much louder than normal speech. Such sounds can come from:
toy cap guns
lawn mowers and leaf blowers
snowmobiles and other recreational vehicles
and farm equipment
Wear protective devices such as earmuffs, form-fitting foam earplugs or pre-molded earplugs when unable to avoid exposure to loud noises.