It is a common misconception that hearing loss is simply a result of aging. In actuality, hearing loss can be caused by many different things, from loud noise exposure to certain medical conditions. But did you know that hearing loss has been linked to smoking? Read on to learn more.
Research has shown that smoking can, in fact, increase the risk of hearing loss.
In a recent hearing loss study, which “aimed to determine the prospective association of smoking status, smoking intensity, and smoking cessation with the risk of hearing loss,” they concluded that smoking can increase the risk of hearing loss, especially in the high frequencies, and that the excess risk of hearing loss associated with smoking diminishes shortly after quitting.
In an old study conducted in 1998, it was determined that smokers are approximately 70% more likely to develop some degree of hearing loss than non-smokers. (source)
In another study, they found that second hand smoke is associated with sensorineural hearing loss in adolescents.
Smoking has also been linked to tinnitus, dizziness and vertigo as well.
So How Does Smoking Affect Your Hearing Health?
In short, studies have shown that both nicotine and carbon monoxide lower oxygen blood levels and constrict blood vessels all over your body; this includes the tiny hair cells in your inner ear which help you hear.