Medical Mysteries of Music

If you’ve been to a loud concert, don’t drink coffee the following morning.

You’re back at home after attending an amazing live gig. You try to sleep but you can’t. The music was so loud you have this weird ringing thing mixed with a strange underwater feeling. Earplugs next time, you think.

Sleep finally comes and when you jerk awake the following morning. Coffee. Now.

But don’t do it. Research out of McGill University in Montreal says that drinking coffee–i.e. something from caffeine–can be detrimental to your hearing.

There’s a lot of detail, but it comes down to this: Caffeine plus audio overstimulation equals more time required for your hearing to get back to normal. And to be completely accurate, the audio overstimulation can be any sustained loud noise.

(Via Consequence of Sound)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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