Sunday, September 6, 2009

Now hear this: wine prevents hearing loss

92. Loss of hearing is no laughing matter, and it can occur from either age-related decline or acoustic trauma (loud noise.) A few years ago, a group or researchers decide to see if resveratrol could play a role. Ealry indications were that becaue oxidative damage contributes to hearing loss, antioxidants such as resveratrol could be helpful. However, a more direct way to test it is with noise-induced hearing loss. A group of rats (hard rock fans, no doubt) were recruited to test whether resveratrol could prevent hearing loss induced by standardized noise exposure. It turns out that indeed it does, as if we are surprised.

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