Does Nicotine In Smoking And Vaping Cause Hearing Loss?

We all know the awful effects smoking has on your overall health. With vaping becoming increasing popular and the long-term effects not yet determined there may be risk factors different to tobacco-based products.

What is vaping?

Vaping is an alternative to smoking that is assumed to be healthier than smoking a cigarette. It works by heating up what is known as e-juice to produce a vapour that is subsequently inhaled to simulate the smoking experience and absorb nicotine into the body.

The e-juice is made with a few ingredients, Vegetable glycerine (VG), Propylene glycol (PG), Nicotine (diluted) and a favour concentrate. 

 The flavour concentrates can be made up of many different chemicals to achieve the desired taste and although are normally food-safe chemicals there is little research on the effect these chemicals have when vaporised and inhaled through the lungs.

What we know about Nicotine.

Nicotine is an addictive substance. It causes an increase in blood pressure, heart rate and narrows your arteries, according to heart.org. This restriction of blood flow won’t allow your body to function as it should and therefore will have a detrimental effect on your health. This is without even considering the other toxic chemicals you are introducing into your body.

How vaping, smoking and nicotine affect your hearing.

Nicotine and carbon monoxide lower your oxygen levels, constricting blood vessels around your whole body. Blood vessels in your inner ear are part responsible for maintaining hair cell health. Neurotransmitters in the auditory nerve are also affected by the use of nicotine. These transmitters are responsible for telling the brain which sound you are hearing.

Even if you choose to vape without nicotine, AKA 0% Nicotine e-juice, the chemicals found in the flavours may adversely affect your health including blood flow and therefore your hearing as a lot have been unchecked and these e-liquids are unregulated.

Now there is a new type of vaping using a different formula of nicotine, commonly known as Nic-Salt which is taken up by the body much quicker which then enables the user to get a better ‘Hit’ from a puff on a vape pen. With the nicotine being absorbed quicker and as a high dose this could restrict the blood flow more rapidly cause harm quicker than smoking.

What should you do if you feel smoking or vaping is affecting your hearing?

Getting a free hearing assessment with Premier Hearing is a great start to understanding your current hearing health and how to maintain a good level of hearing quality. Quitting smoking and vaping will not only help you keep your hearing better for longer, but it will also improve your overall health and save you a lot of money.

If you are interested in quitting smoking and live in the UK the NHS has some fantastic resources, If you want to book a Hearing Test give Premier Hearing a call to book at a clinic near you today.