Hidden Hearing Respond to Study That Reveals Link Between Passive Smoking and Hearing Loss

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Specialists in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have responded to new research that reveals a link between passive smoking and hearing loss.

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The results showed that those who had high levels of exposure to second hand smoke had an increased likelihood of suffering from sensorineural hearing loss, twice as likely as those not exposed.

A study from researchers in New York has found that there could be a possible link between passive smoking and hearing loss. The research team from New York University have published their findings in medical journal Archives of Otolaryngology, published May 10, 2013.

The research involved over 2000 teenagers between the ages of 12 and 19, with participants given blood tests to find out whether the chemical cotinine was present a by-product of nicotine. They also underwent a number of hearing tests and interviewed regarding whether they thought they were suffering from hearing loss.

The results showed that those who had high levels of exposure to second hand smoke had an increased likelihood of suffering from sensorineural hearing loss, twice as likely as those not exposed. 80% of those with sensorineural hearing loss were also not aware they had it.

In the past, research has linked smoking with heart disease, cancer, asthma but further research is necessary into this possible link.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“Smoking and passive smoking is linked to many health issues, which in turn could have a knock on effect with hearing as recent studies report.”

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 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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