Methods to slow hearing loss
Updated: 04/09/2012 10:24 AM
By: Claudine Chalfant
RALEIGH — People may not be able to stop hearing loss, but it is possible to slow it down.
Daily sounds can damage hearing, such as the vacuum, lawnmower, television and headphones. Researchers say to protect yourself; use ear plugs and turn down the headphones.
Loud sounds on a regular basis can lead to permanent hearing loss. Doctors recommend if people are in a situation where they are located about three feet away from someone and they have to raise their voice for them to hear, that environment is too loud.
New research found banned antibiotics and even arsenic in poultry products.
A Johns Hopkins assistant professor who worked on two studies says in addition to finding four banned antibiotics, also found the active ingredients in Tylenol, Benedryl, caffeine and arsenic in poultry products.
The professor said farmers told him they give animals over-the-counter medications so they would not have tense muscles, which can lead to tougher meat. According to the professor, there is no evidence of an immediate danger to people eating chicken.
The National Chicken Council denied the studies; saying the authors point out they only looked at feathers, not meat. The group adds chickens produced for meat in the United States are not given arsenic as an additive in chicken feed.
A spokeswoman for the FDA says the agency has not had enough time to review the studies and the use of antibiotics mentioned in the study have been prohibited in poultry since 2004.
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