New Study Suggests Concerts and Caffeine Contribute to Hearing Loss

New Study Suggests Concerts and Caffeine Contribute to Hearing Loss
If you're going to let some massive sounds blast through your skull at a loud, late-night concert, you'll probably be tempted to pep up with some caffeinated bean juice the next morning. But pounding coffees might actually do more damage than good, if a new study is to be believed.

Live Nation TV points to a new study that suggests caffeine can prevent hearing recovery after ears are damaged from loud noises.

The study was conducted at McGill University, where albino guinea pigs were exposed to 110-dB sounds. Others were fed copious amounts of caffeine, and a third group of guinea pigs were exposed to both.

Researchers came to the conclusion that the guinea pigs who were exposed to both caffeine and loud noises took significantly longer to recover from sound damage. Hearing loss increased after day 15 of consuming caffeine and loud noises.

Describing the sound tests as "acoustic overstimulation events (AOSEs)," researchers concluded that a "daily dose of caffeine was found to impair the recovery of hearing after an AOSE."

In other words, you should probably start wearing earplugs and chilling out on the caffeine unless you want to turn into a deaf albino guinea pig.