The risk of irreversible hearing loss increases as frequency increases and the sound pressure levels reach >80 decibels (dB), with a peak risk of >90 dB in common exposures such as listening to music through headphones, working in the noise of factories, working in airports, and playing loud music at concerts and other events.

When you listen to music, try to listen with headphones, which dampen some of the sound. Consider wearing earplugs or earmuffs, especially when walking, and allow plenty of time to get to the event or working place. You can also try to leave the music playing while you go to the bathroom, smoke, or rest.

Get your hearing checked regularly by an audiologist.