Moderate consumption of red wine may slow the development of deafness
Moderate consumption of red wine may slow the onset of age related deafness and the occupational deafness which is caused from prolonged work at noisy places.
Scientists from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor studied the effect of red wine on more than 10 000 adults and discovered that drinkers of 1 to 2 glasses of red wine per day have deaf risk two times less than the non-drinkers.
Senile deafness is due to long-term damage to the auditory nerve by free radicals, which are actually “remnants” of the oxygen exchange, says Dr. Jochen Schacht, the leader of the team that conducted the study. A resveratrol substance, which is found in red wine, is an antioxidant which successfully cleares the free radicals from the tissue.
Researchers say that red wine also assists against deafness caused by antibiotics, like, for example, gentamicin. Ironically, gentamicin is often used to treat severe, acute ear infections, although it really can damage hair cells in the process, report from Newscientist.
“I would not say it is proof for antioxidants. The jury’s still out on that, but it certainly can’t hurt to increase the amount of green vegetables, red wine or green tea that you consume.”, says Schacht, quote from Newscientist.