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How does smoking affect tinnitus?

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Smoking can make tinnitus worse in two ways. It harms blood flow to the sensitive nerve cells that control your hearing. It also acts as a stimulant in your body. This can make the ringing in your ears sound louder.

SOURCES:

American Tinnitus Association: "Causes of Tinnitus;" "Tinnitus Information Sheet;" and "Management Tips."

Kid's Health: "Ear Buds."

National Sleep Foundation: "Healthy Sleep Tips."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Tinnitus" and "Hearing Protection."

British Tinnitus Association: "Self Help for Tinnitus."

UCSF Medical Center: "Tinnitus Treatment."

Better Health Channel: "Tinnitus: Reducing the Impact."

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: "General Info on Hypnosis."

CDC: "Physical Activity and Health."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 8, 2019

SOURCES:

American Tinnitus Association: "Causes of Tinnitus;" "Tinnitus Information Sheet;" and "Management Tips."

Kid's Health: "Ear Buds."

National Sleep Foundation: "Healthy Sleep Tips."

American Academy of Otolaryngology: "Tinnitus" and "Hearing Protection."

British Tinnitus Association: "Self Help for Tinnitus."

UCSF Medical Center: "Tinnitus Treatment."

Better Health Channel: "Tinnitus: Reducing the Impact."

American Society of Clinical Hypnosis: "General Info on Hypnosis."

CDC: "Physical Activity and Health."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on July 8, 2019

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