Smoke Gets To Your Ears: Effects And Treatments

6530412913_ce8d69f2c4_z_large_verge_medium_landscapeSmoking can impact your lungs, mouth and throat. There is no question about that. But can it also impact your ears? It can. Hearing loss is another reason why it is important to quit smoking. The worse news is the fact that non-smokers can also increase their risk of hearing impairment due to second-hand smoking. Get to know how smoking can make you deaf and how to avert it from happening.

Inner ear health
Smoking increases the bad cholesterol in the body. Cholesterol affects the hair cells inside your ears. The cholesterol seems to be preventing the growth of inner hair cells in the ear. Researchers are still figuring out what is the exact effect of the thinning number of hair cells inside the ears. However, it is theorized that the hair cells can lower the ability of the ears to hear effectively. The hair cells are known to improve the reception of the sounds that go through the ears.

Hypoxia
Hypoxia can occur in the cochlea which can cause hearing loss. Like any part of the human body, hypoxia, which is the lack of blood supply, can cause cellular damage that will lead to tissue and hearing impairment. Cochlea is the part of the ear that is swimming in fluids and blood. If the blood supply is inadequate it can lead to hearing damage.

Nerve damage
Another concern that doctors raise about smoking and its relation to ear health is the disruption of nerve transmissions. Nicotine has this nasty effect on the neurotransmitters which can impact the auditory nerve. If the chemical reactions are messed up with it may cause a malfunction in the hearing. This may send the wrong signals to the brain and cause people to mishear things and unable to perceive sound as it should be.

Toxic effects
Adolescent smoking is very alarming. Adolescents have less developed ears and as such the toxins may impact the nerve endings. The nicotine can also damage the nerve endings that can lead to poor hearing at best and hearing loss at worse. Free radicals in the cigarette smoke can also lead to poor formation of tissues that can lead to hearing loss.

Cotinine rise
Second-hand smokers are known to have high levels of cotinine. More often it can cause hearing loss. Cotinine is the by-product of nicotine and is used a leading indicator if a person is a passive smoker. There have been tests that people with high cotinine levels are unable to hear high-frequencies and the degradation of the hearing continued as passive smokers remained exposed to smoking. This is also true with former smokers.

Smoking can affect the hearing too. It is best to have the ears checked as soon as a smoker quits smoking. Eating fruits and vegetables to get anti-oxidants can also help to balance the levels of free radicals and avert further damage. Fiber can also help as a form of broom to sweep the toxins that can further damage the cells and inner ear hair and impact hearing quality.

Category: Quit Smoking
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