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Worried about your hearing health? Time to quit smoking NOW

According to the studies published by the Journal of the American Medical Association in June 1998, smoking poses the risks of hearing impairment for individuals. People would be surprised to know about the level of damage caused due to smoking on our hearing ability. Mostly people are aware about the hazardous impact that it has on the lungs. However it is high time that we address the health concerns that are associated between smoking and our hearing. Over the years researchers have concluded that the extent of hearing impairment is determined by the duration and level of exposure to tobacco consumption. The more the exposure, the higher the negative impact on your hearing health. Thus smokers are nearly 1.7 times for likely to develop hearing problems at an early age as compared to non-smokers.
How does smoking affect hearing?
Both nicotine and carbon monoxide lower the level of oxygen in the blood and constrict blood vessels in our body. This includes even the one present in our inner ear and responsible for maintaining hair cell health. The other health effects that are believed to be associated with both nicotine and cigarette smoke are as follows:
• It interferes with neurotransmitters in the auditory nerve, which are responsible for communicating messages throughout the brain and body.
• It irritates the Eustachian tube and lining of the middle ear.
• It triggers the release of free radicals that can damage DNA and cause diseases.
• Smokers tend to become more sensitive to loud noises and therefore more susceptible to developing noise-induced hearing loss.
Does it also lead to tinnitus (ringing in the ears)?
The result on this is not conclusive and definite. However tests conducted among a small group of individuals has given sufficient evidence to point out that smoking is at least associated with tinnitus. To put it simply, consumption of tobacco weakens our immune system to a great extent and thus leads to infections in the nose and throat. As individuals become more susceptible to infections, this also increases hearing risks in them.
Similarly it has been noted that children are at a higher risk of hearing loss due to infections. Passive smoking is harmful to people you live with. Passive smoke causes numerous health problems in infants and children, including higher frequency of severe asthma attacks, respiratory infections, ear infections, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). In some cases, middle ear infections in kids can lead to hearing loss.
Bottom Line
Many global scientists and medical researchers have definitely seen the harmful connection between smoking and low to high range of hearing loss. Following this medical report, a study was published on 14th March, 2018 in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. According to this, risks of hearing loss associated with smoking did decline within five years after a person quit smoking. So it is better to stay safe by choosing wise. Disconnect with smoking if you wish to stay connected with your loved ones.
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