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January 7, 2015
Smokers and passive smokers can lose their hearing

People who smoke or are frequently exposed to passive smoke are more likely to suffer from hearing loss, a study reveals

For years, it has been known that smoking leads to various health problems such as heart disease. Recent research from the United Kingdom has found that cigarette smoke also affects hearing.

According to the research, smokers have an increased risk of hearing loss of over 15% compared to non-smokers and passive smokers, while second-hand smoking increase the risk by 28%. On the other hand, ex-smokers have a slightly reduced risk of hearing impairment, likely because they adopted a healthier lifestyle after quitting smoking.