Turn Down the VolumeYou probably already know that excessive decibel levels—particularly over a sustained period of time—can damage your hearing. Cut the Cotton SwabsQ: What’s one tip you don’t need for healthy ears? According to one study, tobacco use may reduce the ability to hear. If you’re thinking about smoking, don’t. SOURCES:Lompoc Valley Medical Center: 11 Easy Ways to Protect Your Hearing and Ear HealthCDC: How Do I Prevent Hearing Loss From Loud Noise?