Are You Losing Your Hearing?

According to a 2004 study by Johns Hopkins, 10 percent of 20-somethings suffer from compromised hearing (compared to 8.9 percent five years earlier), with some experts blaming endless iPod and cell-phone use. Here, a few preventive strategies:

1. Try noise-cancellation headsets - or wear earphones over earbuds - when listening to music amid loud ambient sounds (e.g., lawn mowers).

2. Take earplugs to concerts and clubs. If you can't hold a normal conversation, insert immediately. Ditto when riding on noisy boats or bikes.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

3. Lose the cigarettes. Smoking has been linked to increased chances of hearing loss.

Read Next:
Health & Fitness
Share
Confessions of a Non-Practicing Bulimic: What It's Like to Be a Binge-Eater Who Only *Thinks* About Throwing Up
GIF
Health & Fitness
Share
I Spent a Month Meditating On the Go and Now I'm Hooked
Health & Fitness
Share
What Happens to Your Body After a Week of No-Holds-Barred Eating
Health & Fitness
Share
Ab Cracks, Thighbrows, and Now This: The Newest "It" Body Part
Health & Fitness
Share
5 Stealth Stretches to Do In-Flight Because Deep Vein Thrombosis Is No Joke
GIF
Health & Fitness
Share
5 Experts on Weight Maintenance Because Science Says That's the Most We Can Hope for Until January
GIF
Health & Fitness
Share
Male Birth Control Study Halted Because It Was Giving Men Mood Swings
Health & Fitness
Share
The Year I Gave Up Being Clean
Health & Fitness
Share
Do I Really Need to Drink a Liter in the Morning, and Answers to Other Important Water Questions
Health & Fitness
Share
16 Bad Habits Real Women Want to Break This Year