If you want to keep your ears working well enough to hear a pin drop, consider popping this mineral: magnesium.
Early research shows that it may help prevent noise-induced hearing loss.
In a study of young, healthy recruits undergoing 2 months of basic military training, magnesium seemed to keep ears sharper. The training included repeated exposure to high levels of noise while wearing earplugs. But the recruits who had received a special daily drink supplemented with magnesium aspartate showed significantly fewer signs of permanent hearing loss.