Smoking is Associated with Hearing Loss – Quitting may Help

by Chrisy Ngilneii on  March 14, 2018 at 6:46 PM Research News
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Smoking affects hearing, recent research published by Oxford University Press claims.

The study reports that smoking can result in loss of hearing and that quitting can reduce the risk of hearing loss.
Smoking is Associated with Hearing Loss – Quitting may Help
Smoking is Associated with Hearing Loss – Quitting may Help

Researchers analyzed data from annual health checkups, which included audio testing performed by a technician and a health-related lifestyle questionnaire completed by each participant. They examined the effects of smoking status (current, former, and never smokers), the number of cigarettes smoked per day, and the duration of smoking cessation on the extent of hearing loss. Even after adjusting for factors including occupational noise exposure, researchers noted a 1.2 to 1.6 increased risk of hearing loss among current smokers compared with never smokers.

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While the association between smoking and high-frequency hearing loss was stronger than that of low-frequency hearing loss, the risk of both high- and low-frequency hearing loss increased with cigarette consumption. The increased risk of hearing loss decreased within five years after quitting smoking.

"With a large sample size, long follow-up period, and objective assessment of hearing loss, our study provides strong evidence that smoking is an independent risk factor of hearing loss," said the study's lead author Dr. Huanhuan Hu of Japan's National Center for Global Health and Medicine. "These results provide strong evidence to support that smoking is a causal factor for hearing loss and emphasize the need for tobacco control to prevent or delay the development of hearing loss."

Source: Eurekalert

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