Did you know that a smoker is 1.7 times more likely to have a hearing loss?
Because tobacco causes your arteries to be less flexible, less blood is able to get to reach you inner ear (cochlea). The cochlea is a tiny organ, less than a quarter of an inch. It doesn’t take much insult to cause damage.
If you don’t smoke, good for you. If you do, there is help out there. If you do notice that you are having difficulty following conversation, or your friends and family say that you aren’t hearing as well as you used to, it is probably time to get things checked out.
Susan E. Terry, Au.D.
P.S. We are here to help, if you have any questions about your hearing feel free to give us a call at 727-323-2471.