Do you know? Do You Know Smoking Causes Hearing Loss
Smoking Causes Hearing Loss
If you are a smoker, or if you are with a smoker around you, there is not just a risk of respiratory problems, heart disease and cancer; hearing loss could be a major problem as well. Cigarettes are made out of nasty chemicals like nicotine, ammonia, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, arsenics and aldehydes. The following are the consequences of these chemicals:
- Nicotine & Carbon Monoxide reduce the oxygen levels. It also narrows down the blood vessels in the human body.
- Nicotine interferes with the neuro-transmitters which directly affects the auditory nerve. Auditory nerve sends the sound signals to the brain. This interference would hinder the brain to sense the sound that one hears.
- The above chemicals causes nausea, dizziness, vertigo and even tinnitus* in a person.
- Smoking irritates the Eustachian Tube and the lining of the middle ear.
- It might result in irritation to sounds that are a little louder as well, which could lead to noise induced hearing loss.
Reports say that the passive smokers (generally known as non-smokers) have greater risks of hearing loss than active smokers. It is also observed that the health begin to improve starting from the 48th hour after the cigarette smoking is stopped.
Therefore, Hearing Aid Centre advises the people who smoke to either control or stop smoking completely for a healthy lifestyle altogether!
*Tinnitus is a noise where there is a continuous ringing of ears. For a detailed study click here.