An increased risk of hearing loss is associated with smoking, according to a new Japanese scientific study.
The researchers, led by Dr. Huangan Hu of the National Center for World Health and Medicine, who published the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Research, analyzed data for more than 50,000 people over a period of eight years.
It was found that the likelihood of hearing loss is 1.2 to 1.6 times higher in smokers than non-smokers. The risk increases according to the number of cigarettes smoked, while it decreases five years after smoking cuts off the Athenian-Macedonian News Agency.
“Considering the large sample size, the long follow-up period and the objective assessment of hearing loss by medical examinations, our study provides strong evidence that smoking is an independent risk factor for hearing loss and highlights the need for control of smoking, so as to prevent or delay the appearance of impaired hearing in humans, “said Dr. Hou.