Drinking coffee could reduce chance of hearing loss in men, according to a new study

Virgin Radio

4 Feb 2021, 17:47

Gentlemen, if you're a fan of a caffeine fix, it could be doing more than just waking you up in the morning. 

A new study has revealed that drinking coffee could reduce the likelihood of hearing loss in men.

Scientists undertaking the research found that men who drink at least one coffee a day were 15% less likely to lose their hearing than those who don’t.

Almost 37,000 people were studied, both men and women.

Researchers found that coffee may be beneficial for hearing, because of the anti-inflammatory properties it has. 

Even better, there appears to be no difference between whether the coffee is caffeinated or decaffeinated, filtered or unfiltered.

It's bad news for coffee-loving ladies though, as no link between coffee and hearing function was found in women.

The researchers think it could be due to differences in physiology. 

High levels of oestrogen naturally protect against age-related hearing loss. It's thought that the impact of diet on hearing would be ‘less relevant.’

To test the theory of coffee helping hearing, everyone taking part in the study had their hearing checked at the start, and then again in two follow-ups.

The study results showed that men who drank between one and four and a half cups of coffee a day were less likely to experience disabling hearing loss.

Dr Marcos Machado-Fragua from the research team was keen to stress that you shouldn't now drink excessive amounts of coffee to try and prevent hearing loss, as this can lead to its problems too.

Now you can enjoy that coffee even more.