Studies have indicated a link between smoking cigarettes and hearing loss, but how about vaping, which is also known as smoking e-cigarettes?
Although the research is inconclusive, vaping appears to show similar risks to smoking cigarettes. Chemicals that are in the vape juice flavoring, could be more unsafe.
No FDA Regulation
E-cigarettes, vape pens, and mod boxes are all devices that allow users to inhale vapor with nicotine, and other substances. These are powered by batteries and use an element to heat a substance known as “e-juice” or “vape juice”, which is kept in a cartridge. The vapor releases and is inhaled by the user.
With over 500 brands and thousands of vape juice flavors available, there is almost no regulation from the FDA. Because of this lack of regulation, it is uncertain as to how vaping affects your general health and your hearing health.
How does Nicotine Restrict Blood Flow?
Nicotine is an addictive substance that can constrict blood vessels, including the blood vessels located in the ears. The oxygen’s blood flow is restricted from the inner ear. This causes damage to the small hair cells located in the cochlea, which converts sound vibrations into electrical catalysts for the brain.
Some e-cigarettes do not contain nicotine, but others do have varying amounts of nicotine.
Unperceived Dangers of Vape Juice
Even zero-nicotine e-cigarettes with vape juice should be closely examined. The vape juice is the “flavor” ingredient in the e-cigarettes. This ‘flavor’ ingredient contains a substance known as propylene glycol.
Propylene glycol contains alcohol and has been studied in products like ear drops. Researchers have concluded that using propylene glycol externally is ototoxic, meaning it’s harmful to the inner ear.
If you, or a loved one, are experiencing sudden loss of hearing, blockage, pressure in the ears, or tinnitus due to vaping, stop vaping immediately. Contact us at Pure Sound Hearing Aids if you would like a free hearing test. One of our hearing instrument specialists can discuss the best options that are available for you.