Pill may cut hearing loss from noise
This is a long MSNC article about an anti-oxidant medication (which will be in a liquid form, not a pill when tested). The researchers hope it will help diminish, or even prevent, noise induced hearing loss.
You need a lot of pre-arranged noise to test this sort of thing, and for statistical power you need a lot of subjects. So,
STARTING IN a few months, a group of 600 Marines at Camp Pendleton in California will face rifle training with not only foam plugs in their ears, but also a drink that tastes very much like Wild Berry Zinger herbal tea.
They?ll take it with every meal during their two weeks of the noisy training, an experience that normally erodes a bit of hearing ability from about 10 percent of trainees. And if all goes as hoped, hearing tests will show that a substance dissolved in the drink made a difference.
I want to know other things from this, like are their sick-call rates changed from cohorts?
And, does it make a difference in their marksmanship?