Can tinnitus be prevented?

Certain behaviors can make tinnitus worse and should be avoided whenever possible. These include:

  • Smoking or using other tobacco products
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Exposure to loud noises and sounds

The use of hearing protection devices (earmuffs or earplugs) is advisable in all situations where the exposure to sound is too loud for too long).

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/26/2019.


  • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Tinnitus. Accessed 9/5/2019.
  • American Tinnitus Association. Tinnitus. Accessed 9/5/2019.
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Tinnitus. Accessed 9/5/2019.

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