Prolonged exposure to loud music can damage the sensitive hair cells in the inner ear and lead to hearing loss.
Inserting cotton swabs into the ear canal can push wax further in and potentially damage the eardrum.
Untreated ear infections can cause damage to the eardrum and lead to hearing loss.
Smoking can damage the blood vessels that supply oxygen to the ears, leading to hearing loss.
Exposure to loud noises in work environments such as construction sites, factories, or concerts can cause hearing damage.
Ringing in the ears can be a sign of damage to the inner ear, and ignoring it can lead to further hearing loss.
Some medications can cause hearing loss as a side effect, and not taking medication as prescribed can increase the risk of damage to the ears.
Over-the-counter ear drops can be harmful if used incorrectly or if there is an underlying ear condition.
Excessive alcohol consumption can damage the hair cells in the inner ear and lead to hearing loss.