Can drinking coffee affect hearing in women?
Each morning, many start their day with a cup of coffee. Drinking the caffeinated beverage has become a way of life, and a new study finds that it may help women reduce their risk for tinnitus.
Tinnitus refers to “ringing in the ears” when no other sound is present, according to the Speech-Language Hearing Association. Tinnitus sounds like hissing, roaring, pulsing, chirping, whistling or clicking.
“Tinnitus can be caused by hearing loss, ear infections or diseases, over-the-counter medications and even high blood pressure,” says Sara Siegmund, audiologist at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, Ill.
The condition affects nearly 50 million Americans, according to the Hearing Health Foundation.
From 1991 to 2009, the American Journal of Medicine conducted a study on 65,000 American women between the ages of 30 to 44 who didn’t have tinnitus. During that time, about 5,300 tinnitus cases were reported among women. Results shown that women who consumed 450 mg to 599 mg coffee a day were less likely to develop the hearing condition. On the other hand, about 15 percent of the women who consumed less than 150 mg of coffee were more likely to have tinnitus.
Unfortunately, there is no clinically proven cure for tinnitus, but Siegmund says “the best way to reduce tinnitus is to avoid noisy environments or use hearing protection when in noisy situations.”
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