|Can a pill cure deafness?
What if taking a pill could restore your hearing ? Strangely
enough, for certain types of hearing loss, it's possible.
Researchers have found that exposure to intense noise causes
increased free radical activity in the sensory hair cells of your
inner ear. These free radicals attack the hair cells and can damage
or destroy them, resulting in hearing loss or deafness.
By building up the level of certain antioxidants by using an
antioxidant-enhancing drug before or shortly after exposure to
damaging noise, doctors have been able to prevent and even
reverse some of the damage. The antioxidant drug essentially
takes on the destructive free radicals and keeps them from damaging your ears.
Scientists have also learned that magnesium is vital to hearing. The more you are exposed to loud noise, the more you are
drained of your magnesium, and the more susceptible to damage
your ears become.
One study measured the hearing of 320 soldiers in training under extreme
noise conditions over two months. Half the soldiers took 700 milligrams (mg) of magnesium a day, about twice
the RDA, and the other half didn't. Those who took the magnesium ended up with about half the hearing loss of the others.
While the antioxidant-enhancing drug is not yet available to
the public, some experts believe preventive and healing pills for
treating hearing loss are no more than a year or two away.