As we age, the chances of acquiring a hearing loss increase. To help prevent significant damage to our ears as we age the best practices are to avoid particularly noisy environments. Protect your ears in the workplace and during recreational activities though the use of ear plugs. Ear plugs can be purchased online or at your local drug store. They will help to significantly dampen harmful sounds. Over exposure to loud noises, including music, can have a drastic impact on your hearing.
Also, get your hearing tested on a regular basis. The early detection of hearing loss might help avoid further damage to your ears. You should get a hearing evaluation anytime you are concerned about your hearing. After age 45 or 50 it is a good idea to get your hearing tested every 3 years.