Save your hearing

Take your vitamins. That’s the word from Colleen Le Prell, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan. Le Prell works in the university’s Kresge Hearing Research Institute, and has been studying the effects of vitamins on hearing loss.

Admittedly, her studies thus far have been confined to guinea pigs, but she thinks the results will hold true for humans as well. In her research she found that a combination of the vitamins A, C, and E taken together with magnesium helped protect the guinea pigs from noise-induced hearing loss.

She gave the animals the vitamin combo one hour before being exposed to 120Db noise levels, and then continued to give them the treatment for the five days following. The animals who received the vitamins showed less hearing loss than did animals who did not receive the vitamins.

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She doesn’t mention if this will help protect from banjo induced hearing loss, but it’s worth a try!