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Lend Me Your Ear

Smokers more likely to go deaf

(HealthDayNews) -- Hearing loss may be yet another health problem caused by a lifetime of smoking.

A five-year study of 4,000 middle-age and older people found smokers almost twice (1.7 times) as likely to be going a little deaf.

Of those ages 60 to 69, 56.4 percent of the smokers suffered hearing loss, compared with 35.5 percent of nonsmokers and 47.3 percent of ex-smokers, according to the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison.

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