According to a recent McGill University study, caffeine may impede your body’s ability to recover from what would have been short-term hearing loss. Essentially, the sweet-sweet-morning-nectar you down after going to a show may be ensuring your ears never quite bounce back from the damage that night out caused.
“When the ear is exposed to loud noise, it can suffer from a temporary hearing reduction, also called auditory temporary threshold shift,” said Dr. Faisal Zawawi, an otolaryngologist—ear, nose, and throat specialist surgeon—and member of the McGill Auditory Sciences Laboratory at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. “This disorder is usually reversible in the first 72 hours after the exposure, but if symptoms persist, the damage could become permanent.”
Say it ain’t so! ☕
Wait, did you say something? I can’t hear you over the sound of my 3rd cup of coffee this morning.