Bad News for People Who Love Coffee and Loud Music

Is there any better antidote to a big, loud night out than sitting alone in your silent kitchen and sipping on coffee?

As the previous night’s events slowly trickle back into consciousness—no matter how sweet or depraved—the coffee is always there to deliver a reliable dose of the world’s most widely used psychoactive substance. But this time-honored recovery method and form of meditation might actually be doing more harm than good for the legions of partygoers who adhere to it.

Strange as it seems, coffee could be having a significant impact on people’s hearing. According to recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, caffeine can impair the recovery of noise-induced hearing loss. Obviously, this has implications beyond the realm of parties and concerts.

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