Ototoxic drugs you might not suspect
Even coffee, tea, and cocktails can negatively affect hearing if you over indulge.
Caffeine in cola, coffee, and tea can impair your ability to recover from a temporary, noise-induced hearing loss that can be caused by things like fireworks, concerts, lawn mowers, power tools, and air travel.
Alcohol can damage brain structures that receive and process sounds and damage or destroy the tiny hair cells that conduct sound to the brain. Once this happens, the resulting hearing loss is permanent.
Nicotine found in cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and e-cigarettes decreases oxygen levels in the blood and causes blood vessels to narrow. This destroys the delicate hair cells that transmit sound to the brain. Nicotine has also been shown to cause tinnitus.