Smokers, passive smokers more likely to suffer hearing loss, study shows

Giving up or reducing smoking and avoiding passive exposure to tobacco smoke may reduce your risk of hearing loss, new research shows.

Smokers and passive smokers more likely to suffer hearing loss, study shows

Current smokers have a 15.1% higher odds of hearing loss than non-smokers The University of Manchester study, funded by Action on Hearing Loss, Medical Research Council and the National Institute for Health Research, found.

Passive smoking also increased the likelihood of hearing loss by 28%.

But ex-smokers had a slightly reduced risk of going deaf — which may be because once they quit they adopt a more healthy life style overall.

The study is published in the Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology today.

Researchers looked at 164,770 UK adults aged 40 to 69 years of age who took hearing tests between 2007 and 2010 when they joined UK Biobank, a national project to improve health.

Dr Piers Dawes, from the Centre for Human Communication and Deafness at The University of Manchester who led the research, said: “Given around 20% of the UK population smoke and up to 60% in some countries, smoking may represent a significant cause of hearing loss worldwide.

“We found the more packets you smoke per week and the longer you smoke, the greater the risk you will damage your hearing.”

The link between smoking and hearing loss is still unclear but many smokers also often had heart disease.

Dr Dawes added: “We are not sure if toxins in tobacco smoke affect hearing directly, or whether smoking-related cardiovascular disease causes microvascular changes that impact on hearing, or both.”

The increased risk among passive smokers — higher than that for smokers — could be because smokers were compared to both complete non-smokers and passive non-smokers but passive smokers were only compared to non-smokers.

This means the association with smoking and hearing loss maybe under estimated, the researchers say.

Dr Ralph Holme, Head of Biomedical Research at Action on Hearing Loss, said “Hearing loss affects 10 million people in the UK and with an aging population is set to become a major public health issue.

“Hearing loss is often viewed as an inevitable consequence of aging, but as the research published today shows, this may not always be the case. Giving up smoking and protecting your ears from loud noise are two practical steps people can take today to prevent hearing loss later in life.”

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    • fighthub
    • June 6, 2014

    Does seeing this video make you now sorta lean towards Miguel Cotto to win
    this #cottomartinez fight on Sat?

    • June 6, 2014

    Man I can tell this dudes knees are hurting him..I have knee problems and
    the way he moves look like he’s trying to mask the pain…..I hope I’m

    • tyjuan snow
    • June 6, 2014

    R.I.P Miguel Cotto October 29 1980 – June 7 2014

    • dudemanbro1000
    • June 6, 2014

    Sergio’s ripped! He had me a little nervous looking all flabby when the
    fight was first announced. 

    • mproductionsmusik
    • June 6, 2014

    Sergio front leg look stiff! while Cotto improved is foot work and movement
    in training.

    • June 6, 2014

    The lady in the pink top is Sergio’s Wife you thirsty dogs lol

    • KingBlackCeaser
    • June 6, 2014

    This nigga shadowboxing in a Rainbow or Forever 21 in a mini mall.

    If Serge makes weight he’ll be drained. Going with the Rican in the upset. 

    • ben caraballo
    • June 6, 2014

    wasted my time watching this video! lmaol!! i hope it turns out to be a
    good fight!

    • Jerry Thompson
    • June 6, 2014

    You know when the hood comes up on that hoodie shit just got real!

    • andres rodriguez
    • June 6, 2014

    todo listo para en fin de cotto.

    • mon nom
    • June 6, 2014

    #teamMartinez all day

    • tittyfuckn
    • June 6, 2014

    I wanna fuck the girl in the background with the pink top

    • Jesus Paras
    • June 6, 2014

    can a boxer wear a leg brace to the ring?

    • boricua9071
    • June 6, 2014

    I’m sure there had to have been at least ONE gym in NYC that would have had
    Sergio do his media day training in. Wtf is this

    • Ben Simpson
    • June 6, 2014

    He doesn’t really have a lot of room to move due to the fact that he’s
    surrounded in a small circle by cameras and not in the ring. I think he’s
    going to be on fire Saturday night and school cotto. Like cotto is so slow
    and past it, look at trout fight. Martinez KO in the 7th. 

    • Kevin Torres
    • June 6, 2014

    as much as i respect Martinez and considered him to be one of the best
    pound for pound… he hasnt showed me anything the past few years to prove
    that… even in the Chavez Jr fight that he dominated i feel as if Chavez
    Jr stops trying to box and use his size to come forward like he did in the
    last round he couldve gotten Martinez out of there… leaning towards Cotto
    in this close fight…

    • taco209
    • June 7, 2014

    Lmao Is he at a mall?

    • Tommy Fernandez
    • June 7, 2014

    I do have to say that while SM looks strong, I do not like the way his
    upper body leans in when he throws his jab. That is just begging for a
    straight right counter and left hook to the kidney.

    • Alex Gonz
    • June 7, 2014

    why is he doing this in a local foot locker …not convinced at all , i
    think im leaning towards cotto more….

    • JustRevorz
    • June 7, 2014

    How much movement do you want Martinez to use in such a confined space haha
    he doesn’t need to worry about moving he is the much bigger fighter 

    • desertmusic7O2
    • June 7, 2014

    Since when do media workouts determine fights?

    • June 7, 2014

    Serge is a boss,at 0:43 ole girl checks out sergios Ass and at 0:56 the
    blonde does too.

    • Albert Rodriguez
    • June 7, 2014

    That footwork is amazing

    • Angel Ortiz
    • June 7, 2014

    sergio will lose

    • Victor Carmona
    • June 7, 2014

    Cotto is going to bully and boss his way around the ring . Nobody talks
    about ring generalship and that is making somebody do what you want them to
    do , in spots where you want them to happen . I think cotto is more
    prepared to do that then Martinez this fight . #warcotto

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