This post is part of our “Hearing Loss is Not Harmless” series. This series of posts will walk through several common physical, mental and emotional health conditions that have been found to cause—or be caused by—hearing loss
Hearing Loss and Smoking
The likelihood of developing hearing loss is 70% higher for active smokers and 28% higher for passive (secondhand) smokers1.
We all know smoking isn’t the healthiest habit, but hearing loss is not harmless, either.
Think smokeless cigarettes are safer?
If you often ask people to repeat themselves, think others are mumbling, turn up the TV or radio volume or have trouble hearing in noisy places like coffee shops and restaurants, you may be experiencing signs of hearing loss.
Untreated hearing loss is more than just an inconvenience; it causes major physical and mental repercussions and can be an indicator of serious health conditions. You can’t afford to take that risk. Be sure to ask your primary care physician to perform a hearing test if you’ve been experiencing signs of hearing loss. Hearing loss is not harmless.
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1. “Cigarette Smoking and Hearing Loss – The Epidemiology of Hearing Loss Study”, Journal of the American Medical Association, June 1998, vol. 279. Last accessed at <http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=187596> on 1/20/16.