Science Says Your Coffee Addiction Could Be Ruining One Of Your Senses
When it comes to going out on a work night, we all know how it goes.
It doesn't matter if you dance the night away in front of some blaring concert speakers or stayed out way past your bedtime knocking back beers in an unbearably loud bar. The morning aftermath is always the same.
After praising yourself for actually waking up on time, you roll out of bed tired AF, then guzzle down a gallon of coffee to gear up for the work day.
However, it turns out that your quick caffeine fix might be doing you more harm than good.
We recently came across a study published by JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surgery that contains some pretty bad news for music lovers who can't live without their morning cup of coffee.
Apparently, researchers at the McGill University Auditory Sciences Laboratory just discovered that consuming caffeine after listening to loud noises can can prohibit auditory healing.
For the experiment, scientists split albino guinea pigs into three groups, which were then exposed to either 110-decibel sounds, caffeine or both.
During the 15-day experiment, the guinea pigs were give caffeine each day and received one hour of "acoustic overstimulation" (aka exposure to loud noises) on the first and eighth day of the trails.
Scientists found that the guinea pigs that had been exposed to both caffeine and loud sounds recovered much slower than the non-caffeinated control group that solely received "acoustic overstimulation."
But that's not all, in addition to a slower recovery time, these guinea pigs also experienced hearing loss after day 15.
So, yeah. If you're not trying to go deaf anytime soon, you should probably think twice before sipping on that latte after listening to blaring music all night.