Red wine may fight deafness


red wine may fight deafnessAge-related deafness, and hearing loss caused by loud noise, may be reduced by the antioxidants in red wine and asprin. Scientists are claiming that the compounds they contain could help protect the delicate hairs of the inner ear that are vital to hearing.

Destructive chemical agents called oxygen-free radicals, produced by normal cellular processes and in response to loud noise and exposure to powerful antibiotics, can damage the hairs. But antioxidants such as resveratrol, found in red wine and salicylate, the active ingredient in aspirin, should be able to neutralise them.

To test whether this was the case, scientists in the United States used salicylate to prevent damage to hair cells in patients’ ears caused by the strong antibiotic, gentamicin. Hearing loss affected just 3% of patients who were given gentamicin plus aspirin for acute ear infections, compared with 13% treated with the antibiotic plus a non-active placebo.

Dr Jochen Schacht, of the University of Michigan Medical School, said: “That’s a 75% reduction in toxicity to the ear.”

The evidence suggested that a similar effect could be achieved by including more antioxidant-rich foods in the diet, he added. “I wouldn’t 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.”

From BBR.


Buy Your Hearing Aid Supplies in Our Online Shop

Rayovac Extra MF Size 10 Hearing Aid Batteries

All Makes of Hearing Aid Batteries

All makes and sizes of hearing aid batteries available online in our shop. Rayovac, Duracell, Powerone and more, easy online purchase delivered to your door

Widex Com DEX Mobile Phone Streamer

Wireless Accessories For Hearing Aids

Wireless accessories for every hearing aid. We stock the latest and best in wireless add-ons for your Phonak, Widex, Oticon, GN ReSound, Siemens, Starkey or Unitron hearing aids.

Amplicomms Powertel 30 Corded Phone

Phones For People With Hearing Loss

Talking on the phone can be difficult if you have a hearing loss - a phone designed specifically for the hard of hearing could help to make it easier.