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Vitamins may prevent hearing loss

February 17, 2009 by  

Scientists have linked vitamin supplements to hearing loss preventionScientists have added another item to the long list of vitamin supplements’ benefits – they may also prevent noise-induced hearing damage.

A study conducted by researchers from the University of Florida demonstrated that laboratory animals fed a diet rich in antioxidants, including beta carotene and vitamins C and E, as well as mineral magnesium were better protected from temporary and permanent hearing loss due to exposure to loud noise, according to the university website.

Commenting on the results, senior author Colleen Le Prell said, "What is appealing about this vitamin ‘cocktail’ is that previous studies in humans … have shown that supplements of these particular vitamins are safe for long-term use."

The research findings will be reported on Wednesday at the Association for Research in Otolaryngology’s annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders 15 percent of Americans between the ages of 20 and 69 – 26 million people – suffer from high frequency hearing loss that may have been caused by exposure to loud noise at work or in leisure activities.

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