Smoking starves your body of oxygen in so many ways.
Without getting too technical or scientific, it would appear that a degree hearing loss is caused by the starvation of oxygen in blood vessels around the ear - ultimately affecting your hearing.
It all makes sense when you think about it.The relationship of smoking and oxygen starvation within certain body cells seems to be a well-recognised fact.
For instance, my wife is a beauty therapist and can instantly detect a smoker by the poor skin quality of the facial tissue. It's that obvious.
However, evidence that your hearing is being adversely affected by smoking is not so obvious. Because it is so gradual.
Secondary smoking can also contribute
Too much second-hand cigarette smoke can have the same effect. The landlord of our local pub - a non-smoker - contracted lung cancer during the days when you could smoke in public places.
How many of us have had our hearing affected through secondary smoke inhalation? Too many, I expect. Apparently it can increase the risk by up to 30%!
A TV campaign here in the UK advises you to consult your GP if you have a persistent cough lasting 3 weeks or more.
The benefits are simple: if it turns out to be bad news, it can be tackled earlier rather than later. But if it is good news you enjoy instant peace of mind.
For potential ways to reduce hearing loss, download The Hearing Fitness Guide