Stop before you take another puff from that deadly tobacco roll! Are you experiencing hearing loss recently? Are you unable to understand what someone is saying? Quit smoking now! You will be shocked to know that there is a direct relation of hearing loss and smoking being its cause! Estimates show that the smokers are nearly 70% more likely than the non-smokers to suffer from hearing loss.

We understand that smoking is soothing and stress-relieving for you, but with every snuff, a great abundance of toxic chemicals like formaldehyde, arsenic, ammonia, vinyl chloride, hydrogen cyanide, and the like are ingested into your body. Although there is a vast emergence of advanced technological innovations, yet no treatment of hearing loss is pleasing nor are they going to restore your natural hearing. So as always, ‘A stitch in time, saves nine.’

According to a Nicotine and Tobacco Research published by the Oxford University Press including over 50,000 participants over 8 years, smoking is associated with the increased risks of hearing loss. Although the association of smoking with high-frequency hearing loss is much stronger than that with low-frequency hearing loss, yet the risks of both high- and low-frequency hearing loss increased with the intake of nicotine, and the chances for recovering even after following a good method of treatment of hearing loss reduces. Even if you quit smoking now, the risks of hearing impairment will take as long as 5 years to get decreased. Studies show that there are strong evidences that prove the fact that smoking is an independent risk factor of hearing loss.


Harmful Effects of Smoking

Apart from hearing loss, the harmful effects of nicotine can show up in other aspects, such as -

  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

  • Blocking of the ears

  • Nicotine interferes with the neurotransmitters in the auditory nerve that tells the brain which sound is the person hearing.

  • Dizziness

  • Vertigo

  • Reduction of blood pressure

  • Smoking irritates the Eustachian tube and the lining of the middle ear

  • Nicotine damages the body cells, which in turn might damage DNA. This makes the person more prone to several diseases.

  • Last but not the least, a very surprising fact about smoking is that it increases your sensitivity to loud noises, thus increasing the risks of noise-induced hearing loss.


How does Smoking Cause Hearing Loss?

Primarily, the nicotine and carbon dioxide that are formed after smoking, tighten your blood vessels, including the ones that are in your ears. This reduces the blood flow and thus results in a restriction of life-giving oxygen in the inner ear. This might again result in the damaging the tiny hair cells in the cochlea, which are responsible for converting sound vibrations into electrical impulses for the brain to identify the sounds.

On the other hand, nicotine might also affect the neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) in the auditory nerve, thus preventing to tell the brain which type of sound it is. Lastly, smoking unleashes the free radicals in our bodies which spread into the tissues and the hair cells in our inner ear. This might permanently damage your hearing health, and no treatment of hearing loss will regain back your original hearing.

Therefore, tobacco control requires immediate attention as it is very important for your health. So you must quit smoking now! Delaying this vital step might lead to more adverse and irreversible effects. Also, the more you delay in quitting the intake of nicotine and in getting a good treatment of hearing loss, the less are the chances of your hearing health getting better.


How to Quit Smoking?

In case you are having a hard time trying to quit smoking, here are some tips that might be helpful for you to do so successfully -

  • Find a reason - It might be to safeguard your family’s health (by protecting them from passive smoking), if you find it hard to safeguard yours. It might even be your desire to look and feel younger for many more years. And above all, it might be because it will prevent lung cancer. Whatever it is, it should be powerful and motivating enough.

  • Be prepared beforehand before finally throw that roll away - Smoking is an addiction, and it does not end once you quit it. Your brain will force you to take one snuff more. So talk to your doctor and make backup plans and methods, such as quit-smoking classes and apps, or even exercises that might help.

  • Consider nicotine replacement therapy - like having nicotine gums or lozenges, which will increase your success in quitting smoking.

  • Have a talk with your loved ones - they might help you to get out of this. It is probably the best therapy or treatment of hearing loss.

  • Give yourself a break - one main reason for people to revert back to smoking is that it helps them relax. So it is very important for you to take a break from everything.

  • Avoid alcohol and other triggers - Stick to your no-smoking goal.

  • Once you have had your last snuff, clean up your house - it will remove all the smell of smoke from your home, and hence would not trigger you.

  • Be active - it will reduce your cravings for grabbing that nicotine roll.

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables, especially greens - do not diet while you are trying to quit smoking. Too much hunger might backfire on you.

  • Reward yourself with the money you have saved from quitting cigarettes.

  • All you need to do is TRY! There is no better prevention and treatment of hearing loss, if your willpower is strong enough to say NO to cigarettes.

We hope that these tips would help you to throw away that hazardous paper roll. As already mentioned, always remember that prevention is always better than any forms of treatment of hearing loss.