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The Dangers of E-Cigarettes

Thursday, December 1, 2016 4:56:22 PM Australia/Melbourne

The Dangers of E-CigarettesIt’s tough to find any benefits, when it comes to smoking, especially when you work in a medical field. Gone are the days when we didn’t know any better, these days the list is endless when it comes to the negative impacts that smoking can have on men and women of all ages. When E-cigarettes were first introduced to the market, many were pleased, thinking that these would be a far healthier alternative for lifelong smokers. Instead of acrid smoke, e-cigarettes leverage vapor with far fewer toxins. But the jury is out on whether e-cigarettes truly are a better choice. They haven’t been around long enough for experts to study the long term impacts, and compare the impacts to those of cigarette or cigar smokers.

 

And now, a new negative impact has emerged and can be added to the list. Audiologists and medical experts are discovering that e-cigarettes can cause a loss in hearing. It seems like an odd connection, doesn’t it? How is something that you put in your mouth, and use your lungs to inhale, going to impact your ears and hearing? Many believe that it’s due to the nicotine. Nicotine plays a huge role in lowering your oxygen levels in your bloodstream. At the same time, it’s reducing your blood flow. As you know, there are tiny hairs that are called cochlear cells, that line the inside of your ear. Whenever any degree of sound enters your ear, these tiny hairs perk up and begin to vibrate. When they vibrate that serves as a signal to your brain that it’s time to process and identify the sound. These hairs are especially fragile and are not capable of healing or reproducing themselves. At least, not yet. (See previous Hearlink post for research breakthroughs relating to the healing of cochlear cells).

 

So for the foreseeable future, cochlear cells do not reproduce themselves. When they sustain trauma or are damaged, then the result is permanent hearing loss. Even worse? This type of damage is cumulative. This means that you’re not going to notice your hearing loss right away. In fact, by the time that you notice it—the damage is already irreversible.

 

Okay, okay, you’re thinking- what’s the connection to the e-cigarettes? Well, cochlear cells need a constant and consistent supply of both blood and oxygen. If they don’t receive the proper levels of blood and oxygen, then they don’t function properly and they don’t communicate well with the brain. What does nicotine impact? Blood and oxygen. Full circle.

 

If nicotine is the common denominator, then average cigarettes and cigars must be dangerous as well, right? In a word- yes. The Hearlink team cannot stress enough the negative impacts that smoking nicotine in any form, will have on your body and on your quality of life. But part of the fun of e-cigarettes, especially for younger demographics, is the freedom they have with flavors and levels of nicotine. Flavors mask the nicotine, meaning that many young smokers are ingesting far more than they should.

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