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Resveratrol Protects Against Hearing Loss

A recent study suggests that resveratrol, substance found in red wine and red grapes, may be a possible protection against hearing loss and cognitive decline.  Lead author Michael D. Seidman, division director at Henry Ford Hospital said that resveratrol is a potent chemical that appears to protect against the inflammatory process of the body relative to aging, hearing loss and cognition.

According to Dr. Seidman, the study focused mainly on the effect of resveratrol on bioinflammation, the body’s response to injury and thought to be the cause of a lot of health problems including cancer, aging, Alzheimer’s disease and hearing loss. The study was recently published online in the journal Otolarynology-Head and Neck Surgery, ahead of the printed copy.

Nearly one in five Americans suffer from hearing loss but in general, hearing steadily declines with age.  Moreover, noise-induced hearing loss among American troops has been a growing medical issue. More than 12% of those who returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan had significant hearing loss. Noise-induced hearing loss can also cause problems in sleeping and communication and may likewise raise a person’s blood pressure, blood sugar and lipids thereby increasing the risk for heart disease.

In the study, rodents were given resveratrol following noise exposure and it showed that the substance could reduce the noise-induced hearing loss in rats. According to Dr. Seidman, they were able to lessen the amount of cognitive and hearing decline of the animals by giving them resveratrol.  Dr. Seidman and his colleagues have already published several research papers on noise-induced hearing loss including the use of resveratrol noted for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.


Henry Ford Health System. Resveratrol shows promise to protect hearing, cognition. ScienceDaily.



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