People who smoke are at a higher risk of hearing loss
The harmful effects of smoking have been well documented over the years. Smoking causes diseases of the lungs and the heart.
Now, a new study seems to suggest that smoking affects the ability to hear both high and low-frequency sounds.
The study looked at over 50,000 people. All the smokers in the group showed an increased risk of hearing loss compared to people who had never smoked.
Smoking led to an increased risk of hearing loss that ranges from 20% to 60%. Researchers looked at data from annual health check-ups. These included hearing tests.
The effects of smoking remained even after adjusting for other factors, like noise levels in the surrounding areas.