Is coffee bad for your hearing?

November 19, 2018

Do you love to drink coffee in the morning or throughout your day?

If so, this new study may be of interest to you.

The study found that daily coffee intake may actually prevent you from recovering from short term hearing loss.

The study was conducted by researchers from McGill University.

Researchers found evidence to suggest that caffeine can impede the ability to recover from short term hearing loss, the type of hearing loss you may experience after a concert or other loud events.

Short term hearing loss which is called auditory temporary threshold shift, is usually reversible within 72 hours after the event.

But, according to researchers, this ability for your hearing to rebound may be inhibited by the consumption of caffeine.

The researchers did their research on guinea pigs, so there is some question as to whether or not these findings will be the same for humans.

Researchers took two groups of guinea pigs, one group was given caffeine prior to exposure to loud sounds and the other group was not.

After 8 days the researchers found that the group of guinea pigs that had consumed caffeine prior to the loud noise event had not recovered their hearing while the other group of guinea pigs, the ones that didn’t consume caffeine, had recovered their hearing.

Does this mean you should give up your daily coffee?

With such preliminary findings, I don’t think I would give up coffee quite yet.

But, I suppose it couldn’t hurt to avoid caffeine if you’re going to a concert!

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