If you saw last night's season premiere of Boardwalk Empire, there's one scene that probably stuck with you more than the others—and I'm not talking about Nucky Draper's quest for gold or Lucky Luciano's unsanitary handshakes. No, it was probably when, after providing a machete to his head, Nucky's mysterious Cuban bodyguard cuts an assassin's ear off and puts it in his pocket. You know, this part: 

Gross, right? It was so bizarre and shocking, in fact, that it made the Complex Pop Culture more aware of our precious ears than ever. Are there homicidal ear collectors walking about? If so, shouldn't we know how to protect ourselves? As it turns out, keeping your ears safe is not as hard as you think. Here are 15 steps to holding on to your lugholes