The Journal of International Advanced Otology
Original Article

Influence of Smoking on Ultra-High-Frequency Auditory Sensitivity


Department of Audiology, All India Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mysore, India

J Int Adv Otol 2017; 13: 110-112
DOI: 10.5152/iao.2017.3412
Read: 333 Downloads: 71 Published: 03 September 2019


OBJECTIVE: In this study, an attempt was made to determine the effect of smoking on ultra-high-frequency auditory sensitivity. The study also attempted to determine the relationship between the nature of smoking and ultra-high-frequency otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) and thresholds.


MATERIALS and METHODS: The study sample included 25 smokers and 25 non-smokers. A detailed history regarding their smoking habits was collected. High-frequency audiometric thresholds and amplitudes of high-frequency distortion-product OAEs were analyzed for both ears from all participants.


RESULTS: The results showed that the ultra-high-frequency thresholds were elevated and that there was reduction in the amplitudes of ultra-high-frequency OAEs in smokers. There was an increased risk of auditory damage with chronic smoking.


CONCLUSION: The study results highlight the application of ultra-high-frequency OAEs and ultra-high-frequency audiometry for the early detection of auditory impairment. However, similar studies should be conducted on a larger population for better generalization of the results.

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