We are aware the health effects of smoking and now one more gets added to the list. Lung cancer, chronic bronchitis, throat cancer, emphysema, bladder cancer is some of the health effects of cigarette smoking. According to the recent research, smoking can make you permanent deaf.
A team of researchers from Japan said chronic smokers who smoke on an everyday basis are at higher risk of developing hearing loss when compared to non-smokers. The research study gathered information of 50,000 individuals having age between 20 to 64 years who had a healthy hearing capability.
They were trailed for 8 years where the study revealed out 5,100 people having a hearing disability. Frequently the person smokes, more likely he is to develop a hearing defect. Huanhuan Hu, lead author of the study said, “The risk increases with the increased number of cigarettes smoked daily. The longer the person smokes, that higher they are at developing the risk of low-frequency and high-frequency hearing loss.”
Exposure to nicotine to humans can be a leading cause of deaf ears. The research study doesn’t directly give the link between smoking and deafness but tells how smoking contributes to loss of hearing. Individuals who smoke 10 cigarettes per day have 40 percent increased the risk of high-frequency hearing loss while 10 percent risk of low-frequency hearing loss.
While those who smoked 11 to 20 cigarettes per day developed the risk of high-frequency hearing loss by 60 percent and low-frequency hearing loss by 20 percent. Individuals smoking 20 cigarettes per day developed the risk of high frequency by 70 percent and low-frequency hearing loss by 40 percent.
19,000 among the participants were smokers while 9,800 were previous smokers. 21,000 never attempted to smoke. Current smokers are more likely to develop diseases such as diabetes, chronic health problems, overweight, and obesity.