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Smokers more likely to develop hearing loss: Study

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Jun. 6, 2014

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Smoking could affect your hearing, a new British study has found.

Smokers have a 15.1% higher chance of hearing loss than non-smokers, researchers at the University of Manchester found.

People who quit smoking decrease their risk of going deaf, likely because they adopt a more healthy lifestyle after kicking the habit, the researchers said.

The researchers looked at 164,770 U.K. adults between the ages of 40 and 69 who took hearing tests between 2007 and 2010 when they joined UK Biobank, a national project to improve health.

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"We found the more packets you smoke per week and the longer you smoke, the greater the risk you will damage your hearing," Piers Dawes, who lead the research, said in a release Friday. "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."

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