Hidden Hearing Respond to a Connection between Passive Smoking and Hearing Loss

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The hearing healthcare specialists have responded to recent news suggesting passive smoking may cause damage and hearing loss.

It has been reported that the study, carried out by researchers from the New York University School of Medicine was conducted using 1,533 teenagers in the U.S. aged between 12 and 19. Led by Anil Lalwani, Professor of Otolaryngology, Physiology and Neuroscience, and Paediatrics at NYU School of Medicine, the experiment subjected its participants to a medical examination, testing both their cotinine levels and hearing ability. It was found that those exposed to second hand smoke were 1.5 times more likely to suffer from hearing loss.

Perhaps even more worryingly it was also discovered that more than 4/5 of the teens found to have hearing loss were completely unaware of their impairment. As a leading private hearing healthcare solutions provider with more than 40 years’ experience in the industry, naturally the news was of great interest to the team at Hidden Hearing.

The specialists were keen to stress the dangers of tobacco smoke on hearing. Traditional cigarettes contain a number of harmful chemicals which can have an adverse effect on blood circulation to the small vessels of the inner ear. Not only can this result in the loss of oxygen, but exposure to the toxic chemicals present can also stand to damage the circuitry of the inner ear, an area which is particularly delicate.A representative shared their thoughts.

"This information is especially important to consider for young people who may be more vulnerable to the pressures of smoking. Hearing damage from smoking, whilst different from that caused by the ageing process or exposure to loud noise, should nevertheless be treated just as seriously."

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of thousands of people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.

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