A coffee may seem like just the trick to soothe your head after a night clubbing or wailing along to a concert. But that all-important latte could have a devastating impact on your hearing, a new study claims.
Ears usually recover from exposure to construction noise, loud music or airplane sound within 72 hours. However, experts at McGill warn regular coffee could hamper that recovery - even making the damage permanent.
'Our research confirmed that exposure to loud auditory stimuli coupled with daily consumption of 25mg/kg of caffeine had a clear negative impact on hearing recovery,' says Dr Faisal Zawawi, an Otolaryngologist and member of the McGill Auditory Sciences Laboratory.
'When the ear is exposed to loud noise, it can suffer from a temporary hearing reduction, also called auditory temporary threshold shift.