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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:

    • hair dryers

    • loud music

    • firecrackers

    • toy cap guns

    • firearms

    • squeaking toys

    • 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.

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