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Pill to prevent hearing loss trialled at ADE

The pills, containing magnesium and a mix of vitamins, show "very promising" results for protecting against music-induced hearing damage

By Jon Chapple on 08 Jun 2016

Fedde Le Grand, Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) 2015, Vincent Van Den Boogaard

Fedde Le Grand DJs at ADE 2015

image © Vincent van den Boogaard

Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) will this year hand out pills to attendees it hopes will protect against hearing damage.

The tablets, containing magnesium and a combination of vitamins, are still subject to further research, but Jan de Laat of Leyden University Medical Centre, one of the Netherlands’ leading audiologists, says initial tests are “very promising”. “Vitamins and magnesium may indeed affect [positively] the functioning of cells,” he says in today’s De Telegraaf.

Ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist Liane Tan says teens may benefit most from the pills: “Earplugs are quite normal for festivalgoers in their late twenties,” she comments. “But young people who are just starting out and listening to music still know too little about the importance of hearing.”

The 2016 event will see the launch of new component ADE Live, which from 20 to 21 October will see up-and-coming DJs play live in venues throughout Amsterdam, including the Melkweg, Paradiso and Sugar Factory. “Live music takes an increasingly prominent place within dance music, and there is a growing need for a platform [tailored] specifically to this genre,” says a statement from ADE. “ADE Live provides ADE visitors, from curious music lovers to programmers, the chance to discover emerging artists [playing to] a full house.”

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