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Noise exposure during pregnancy and hearing in children

Study

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A new cohort study has shown that noise exposure during pregnancy can damage the unborn child’s hearing, with an 80% increased risk in noisy occupational environments.

Until recently, it was assumed that unborn children where shielded from noise in the womb but it has been demonstrated that loud noise does in fact reach the fetus. The study carried out by the Institute of Environmental Medicine (IMM) at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden provides new evidence that women should avoid exposure to high levels of noise while they are pregnant.

The study, to be published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, included a cohort of over 1.4 million children born in Sweden between 1986 and 2008. Data collected included their mother’s occupation, smoking habits, age, ethnicity, body mass index, leave of absence, and socio-economic factors. Results showed that for the group of part-time and full-time workers, the adjusted hazard ratio (HR) for hearing dysfunction associated with maternal occupational noise exposure greater than 85 dB versus less than 75 dB was 1.27 (95% CI). For full-time workers as a group, the HR was 1.82 (95% CI).

“The Swedish Work Environment Authority recommendation is that pregnant women should avoid noise levels of over 80 dBA, but unfortunately this recommendation is not always followed,” says Jenny Selander, lead author for the study. “Our study shows how imperative it is for employers to observe this recommendation. Even if pregnant women themselves use ear protectors in noisy environments, the babies they’re carrying remain unprotected.”

Source: Karolinska Institutet; Selander J, et al. Maternal Occupational Exposure to Noise during Pregnancy and Hearing Dysfunction in Children: A Nationwide Prospective Cohort Study in Sweden. Environmental Health Perspectives 2015 Dec 8.

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Brandon Sawalich elected New Hearing Industries Association Chairman of the Board
Brandon Sawalich elected New Hearing Industries Association Chairman of the Board

Nomination

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Starkey Hearing Technologies has announced that its Senior Vice President, Brandon Sawalich, has been elected as the new Chairman of the Board to the Hearing Industries Association (HIA). HIA announced Sawalich as its new Chair at its recent Annual Meeting in Washington D.C.

New drug combination to regenerate hair cells
New drug combination to regenerate hair cells

Research

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Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), and Massachusetts Eye and Ear (Boston, MA, USA) have discovered a combination of drugs that expands the population of progenitor cells in the ear and induces them to become hair cells, reports Science Daily.

New campaign for Lyric3 launch
New campaign for Lyric3 launch

Advertising

One of the ads created by Terri and Sandy for Phonak Lyric3

The third generation of the only ‘extended wear’ hearing instrument was launched globally at the end of February.

Developing training modules using simulated learning environments

Training

Researchers from the Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences, International Islamic University of Malaysia, in Kuantan, Pahang recently carried out a review of the literature on simulated learning environments (SLE), and how they are applied in audiology training.

Rate of hearing loss in US could increase significantly according to new research
Rate of hearing loss in US could increase significantly according to new research

Survey

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Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland (US) have projected that among US adults aged 20 years and older, the number of people with hearing loss is expected to increase from 44 million in 2020 to 73.5 million by 2060.

University of Melbourne’s Masters in Learning Intervention
University of Melbourne’s Masters in Learning Intervention

Education

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Education HQ Australia recently interviewed Sharon Klieve, Course Coordinator of the University of Melbourne’s Masters in Learning Intervention (Hearing Impairment) program.

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