Coffee after gig

Study finds drinking coffee morning after concert could be bad for hearing

Remember those extremely torturing, sleep deprived-and-somewhat-hungover mornings after a night out or a gig, when your head feels like it’s about to explode, and all you want to do is down three shots of espresso?

Well, this just in: Consequence of Sounds reports a new study reveals that drinking caffeine after a night at a concert could be bad for hearing.

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The study, published by the JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surgery and conducted at the McGill University Auditory Sciences Laboratory, was conducted on three groups of albino guinea pigs that were exposed to caffeine, 110 decibel “pure tone sound” or both.

The 15-day study revealed that the group of guinea pigs who were exposed to both caffeine and sound recovered their hearing significantly slower than the guinea pigs who were exposed to just sound.

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By day eight, the group of guinea pigs who were exposed to just sound almost recovered their hearing fully, except for that within the 20kHZ range. However, the group who was exposed to both caffeine and sound had issues recovering their hearing between 16 and 25kHz frequencies. The issue only worsen after day 15.

The study was conducted on the same typical noise levels found in concerts, between 100 and 120 decibels in sound, so you might want to consider going decaf on those tough morning afters.

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