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9.20) Treating Tinnitus: magnesium




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This article is from the Tinnitus FAQ, by markb@cccd.edu (Mark Bixby) with numerous contributions by others.

9.20) Treating Tinnitus: magnesium

Magnesium Prevents Hearing Loss:

Three hundred young healthy male military recruits
undergoing two months of basic training were studied. The
trainees were repeatedly exposed to high levels of impulse
noises. Each recruit received daily either 167 mg of
magnesium (as magnesium aspartate) or a placebo (sodium
aspartate). Permanent hearing loss was significantly more
frequent and more severe in the placebo group than in the
magnesium group-

Attias J, Weisz G, Almog S, Shahar A, WienerM, et al. Oral magnesium
intake reduces permanent hearing loss induced by noise exposure. Am J
Otolaryngol 1994;15:26-32.

COMMENT: Hearing loss is a common problem, particularly
among older individuals. Although there are many causes,
repeated exposure to excessive noise is one key factor. Many
people do not realize how much noise pollution we are
subjected to on a daily basis, from the steady hum of home
appliances to the roar of trucks and autos. People who live
in large cities face a constant bombardment with potentially
damaging noise. Studies in animals have shown that noise
exposure causes magnesium to be lost from the body. Perhaps
supplementing with a little magnesium might prevent all of
that noise from damaging your hearing.

Nutrition and Healing, November 1994, p.8

 

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