Smoking and Hearing Loss

Effects of Smoking on the Auditory System

Did you know? The poisonous chemicals found in cigarettes can be harmful to one’s hearing. Smoking reduces oxygen in the blood, which in turn can cause damage to the ear.

Facts about Smoking and Hearing Loss

  • Smoking increases middle ear problems (Sharabi et al. 2002)
  • Smokers are twice as likely to have mild hearing loss compared to non-smokers (Nakanishi et al. 2000)
  • Smoking worsens the effects of exposure to loud noise (Wild et al. 2005)
  • Risk of high frequency hearing loss increases with the number of cigarettes smoked per day (Nakanishi et al. 2000)
  • Maternal exposure to cigarette smoke can negatively impact the hearing and auditory processing of babies (McCartney et al. 1994)

If you or a loved one is ready to quit smoking, consider joining a cessation program. The UNC Nicotine Dependence Program provides extensive services and support for those looking to improve their health.

Additional local resources and information can be found at: Quitline NC

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You can do it and your ears will thank you!