Hearing loss in teenagers has been linked to secondhand smoking

Smoking not only kills, but deafens people and robs them of their memory as well. It causes nearly one in five deaths, according to the American Cancer Society.

Lung cancer was most deadly, ahead of liver and colorectal cancers. The lethal consequences of smoking are a clear reason to quit.

Other effects of smoking are less well-known. Hearing loss in teenagers has been linked to secondhand smoking, according to the Archives of Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. Teens living in a smoking household had an 83 percent higher chance of losing their hearing in the lowest and highest frequencies, compared to teens in nonsmoking homes.

The study urged health care providers to add secondhand smoking as a risk for hearing loss, as 82 percent of the participants didn’t realize they had difficulty hearing.

Smoking’s dangers now include the increased likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s, which causes memory loss and results in death. It is untreatable and one in eight 65-year-olds have the disease.

A review of 43 studies examining the link between smoking and Alzheimer’s found smokers had a 72 percent greater likelihood of developing dementia, found researchers at the University of California, San Francisco in 2011. At Hidden Hearing we offer FREE health check for your hearing simply call us 1 800 370 000 or book online www.hiddenhearing.ie

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