Cigarettes contain formaldehyde, arsenic, ammonia and a lot more nasty chemicals that affect your hearing heath in a variety of ways.
For one, nicotine & carbon monoxide deplete oxygen levels and constrict blood vessels all over your body, in result affects the health of your inner ear that needs ample blood and oxygen level to maintain hair cell health.
A few examples of how it affects it directly with the health of our ear:
- Nicotine interferes with neurotransmitters in the auditory nerve which are responsible for telling the brain what you just heard!
- Nicotine can cause tinnitus (the ringing in your ear), dizziness & vertigo
- Smoking in general causes irritation to the eustachian tube and the lining of the middle ear
- Smoking damages the cells in the body in turn can damage DNA and cause diseases by turning those cells into free radicals.
- Sensitivity to loud noises can also be causes by smoking. In result, you can be predisposed to developing noise induced hearing loss.
To read further about your hearing health care associated with smoking: https://www.healthyhearing.com/report/50940-Smoking-and-hearing-loss