As a fully qualified Fellowship member of both the British, and the Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, he has years of advanced training both locally and nationally.
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Did you know that smoking could damage your hearing? Hearing loss is a complex condition that can be caused by many factors, but smoking dramatically increases your risk of developing it. Doctors often advise giving up smoking to protect yourself from many chronic health problems, and key research suggests that preventing hearing damage could be a very good reason to quit today.
Cigarettes are known to include many dangerous chemicals, including nicotine, arsenic, ammonia and formaldehyde, and these can damage many cells within the body. Some of these, including nicotine, are known as ototoxic substances, which means that they can damage the ears and the hearing system and cause tinnitus. Smokers are believed to be 70% more likely to develop hearing loss than non smokers.
How Does Smoking Damage Hearing?
Here at Hidden Hearing, we pride ourselves on keeping up to date with the latest hearing research. We believe that understanding how hearing may be damaged can help you to feel empowered to prevent this, and to protect your ears more effectively. Here’s what happens inside your ears when you smoke:
• Blood flow is restricted. The nicotine and carbon monoxide that build up when you smoke serve to tighten blood vessels in the ears, restricting blood flow and reducing oxygen in the cells of the inner ear. The delicate hair cells that decipher sound vibrations into electrical impulses that can be decoded by the brain cannot function properly if they are not well oxygenated.
• Messages are interrupted. Our hearing system relies on the neurotransmitters in the auditory nerve that decode sounds and relate the kind of sounds being heard to the brain. Nicotine can interrupt this process by influencing the neurotransmitters and compromising their ability to perform their vital role.
• Free radicals are released. Many chronic health problems, including cancers, are caused by the presence of free radicals in the body. Smoking cigarettes is known to release free radicals into the body, which can damage the hair cells and tissues in the inner ear, leading to permanent hearing damage.
• Passive smoking can damage the hearing of others. Passive smoking can lead to hearing loss in others, particularly in children who have more delicate auditory processing systems that will not finish developing until adulthood.
Book A Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
If you think that you or a loved one may have hearing loss, it is very important to make an appointment to see an audiologist for a free hearing test as soon as you can. Our team of experienced and friendly audiologists will be happy to help you to find the best solution for your lifestyle, and if this includes hearing aids, we have a great range of discreet and highly effective styles for you to try.
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. Simply contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.