Consumers are looking for a way to prevent hearing loss, but the only way to do it is to drink energy drinks and other high-energy drinks, researchers have said.
The team at MIT and Stanford found that energy drinks like Powerade and Maxx, which are made with an artificial sweetener, can reduce the likelihood of hearing damage in the ears by 20%.
This finding suggests that a range of energy drinks may help prevent hearing damage.
It’s possible that a sweetener could work by increasing the amount of sugar in the beverage, said Dr. Peter Sattler, a researcher in MIT’s Department of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
“If you’re looking for ways to help people drink less sugar, there are many.”
Dr. Sattlers co-authored a paper in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on this topic in March.
The paper was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
He said that it may take years before these drinks become widely available.
“The FDA doesn’t want to get involved,” Dr. Satler said.
“They’re already saying that it’s a safe product and there’s nothing wrong with it.”
The study involved 32 adults with hearing loss who drank between 500 and 1,000 energy drinks a day.
The participants were randomly assigned to one of two groups, one where they were given a cup with either a sweetened or sugar-free beverage and one without.
Each drink was filled with water or a soft drink.
Participants were then asked to complete a battery of tests.
The first test involved reading aloud numbers on a computer screen, such as the word “three.”
Participants were told to listen for the sound of the words “three” and then press the space bar to indicate “no.”
Participants then had to complete the math test to estimate the total amount of water needed to hold the beverage.
The second test involved hearing the words of a familiar word.
Participants listened for the sounds of “four” and “five,” then pressed the space bars to indicate a response.
The words were repeated until they reached the final response.
“This was a group of people who had had hearing loss and who were looking for answers to how to make sure that they were getting the benefit of these drinks,” Dr, Sattels said.
He explained that the researchers had found that some people respond better to the energy drink than others.
“There’s something called ‘the sweet spot’ where you tend to have your sweet spot,” he said.
The researchers say that people who drink a lot of energy can develop a sweet spot that is different from other people’s.
The participants in both groups were also asked to use the computer test to record their heart rates, breathing rate and body temperature.
Dr. David Cressey, a professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was not involved in the study.
“I’m not saying it’s necessarily the case that energy drink consumption is the cause of hearing problems,” Dr Cresse said.
But he said that he thought the finding could help researchers understand why certain people might experience hearing problems while others may not.
“There are certain people who have the sweet spot for energy drinks, whereas there are others who have a different response,” he explained.
“It may be that the sweet spots are a function of how we respond to certain types of energy drink.”
Dr Sattelson said that although it was a very small study, it provided a useful understanding of how energy drinks work in the body.
“We were looking at one particular type of drink, which has a very sweet taste and so people tend to respond to that, but there are other kinds of energy beverages that have similar effects,” he told ESPN.
“The question is whether it’s the energy in the drink or the effect of the energy that’s causing the hearing problems.
If the effects of the drink are greater, then it may be more likely to be associated with other issues.”
Dr Cressels’ findings were published in PLOS One.
Dr. Cressel is a consultant to several companies that make energy drinks.
He has been working to develop ways to make the drinks more appealing to people with hearing impairment.
“These drinks are not just for kids, they’re for people with severe hearing loss,” he added.
Dr Cresswell said that the findings could also help to understand why some people develop hearing problems as children.
“That’s something we’re looking at now in terms of developing products that we can help people to avoid hearing loss.”
Dr Breen added that the team would be interested in hearing patients explain their response to a drink.
“Our hope is that people will be able to articulate how it’s helping them,” she said.