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Does Smoking Cause Hearing Loss?

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You already know that smoking is bad for your body and will shorten your life. 

But did you know it can affect your hearing as well?  

How exactly could smoking affect your hearing? 

In this blog, we are going to break down how smoking can cost you your ears! 

Smoking causes hearing loss in 3 ways :

1. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals, many of which are toxic. They can damage the ear, which leads to hearing loss. 

2. Smoking causes blood vessels in the ear to narrow and become less elastic over time 

3. Smoking also causes inflammation in the inner ear, which can cause fluid buildup and lead to permanent damage if left untreated 

The risk begins with the first cigarette, and increases as you smoke more cigarettes.  

A study published in 2003 in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that smokers are twice as likely to develop mild-to-moderate hearing loss compared with nonsmokers. 

So, leading a smoke-free life is a powerful decision you can make for your overall health.  

If you are someone who needs extra help to quit the fume, consider the help given by the Smoking Cessation in Sri Lanka at +94 112 143 100. 

Second-hand smoke also affects hearing loss

Secondhand smoke affects your hearing when you breathe in smoke from someone else who is smoking near you.  

Secondhand smoke contains about 50 chemicals that can cause damage to your lungs and heart system. 

So, smoking may be affecting your hearing without you realizing it 

Contact Wickramarachchi Hearing care today to test your hearing with our team of expert Audiologists. 

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