Researchers at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit recently reported some interesting results in the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. They found that a substance found in red grapes and red wine, Resveratrol, may act as a protection from hearing loss and cognitive decline.
They looked at rats that were exposed to loud noise and found that those who had been given resveratrol before hearing the noise suffered less damage than those not given any resveratrol.
The study lead author Michael D. Seidman, director of the Division of Otologic/Neurotologic Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Henry Ford Hospital stated “Our latest study focuses on resveratrol and its effect on bioinflammation, the body’s response to injury and something that is believed to be the cause of many health problems including Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, aging, and hearing loss.” He also noted “Resveratrol is a very powerful chemical that seems to protect against the body’s inflammatory process as it relates to aging, cognition, and hearing loss.”
“We’ve shown that by giving animals resveratrol, we can reduce the amount of hearing and cognitive decline”, stated Seidman.
It’s a large leap from rats to people, but the research suggests we may be able to reduce the incidence of hearing loss in the future. Until then, continue using ear protection and avoid loud sounds whenever possible.
The National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders – our government research dollars at work – provided funding for this study.
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