Another key strategy that is sometimes overlooked is wearing proper protection of the head and ears when being involved in some type of impact sport. Competing in activities such as hockey, football, rugby or even the martial arts can result in injury to the ears. While loud noise and sound can damage ears, impacts and other similar injuries can also cause hearing loss and permanent hearing damage. Of particular concern are sports such as boxing, hockey and lacrosse where projectiles or other dangerous types of impact can occur. Play it safe and always protect your ears.