Can Smoking Lead to Hearing Loss?

Smoking cigarettes may raise the risk of hearing loss—and the more you smoke, the higher your risk, reveals a study of more than 50,000 adults in Japan published today in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

“These results provide strong evidence to support that smoking is a causal factor for hearing loss and emphasize the need for tobacco control to prevent or delay the development of hearing loss,” Huanhuan Hu, Ph.D., senior researcher with Japan’s National Center for Global Health and Medicine and the study’s lead author, said in a statement.

Excerpted from Consumer Reports

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