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Noise exposure during pregnancy and hearing in children

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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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70% of US seniors with hearing loss are isolated, resource hub underlines
70% of US seniors with hearing loss are isolated, resource hub underlines

 

ageing

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Awareness of hearing loss is crucial to quality of life in later years, and a US resource hub—AginginPlace.org—is boosting its push to reach seniors with a special guide to the subject.

Seoul breakthrough in diagnosis of congenital auditory neuropathy
Seoul breakthrough in diagnosis of congenital auditory neuropathy

 

auditory neuropathy

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Faster cochlear implant therapy for children suffering from auditory neuropathy (AN) should result from the development of a new protocol for identifying certain genetic variants in the congenital version of the disorder.

Pitch perception is why we don't monkey around with sound, study finds
Pitch perception is why we don't monkey around with sound, study finds

 

perception

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New US brain research has shown that humans are more sensitive to pitch differences in sound than certain apes, suggesting possible links between the musicality of human speech and our evolutionary development.

Sex for the hearing (im)paired is enhanced by eroticising your limitations
Sex for the hearing (im)paired is enhanced by eroticising your limitations

 

sex

Some engaging and certainly not premature advice on sex for persons with hearing loss is going viral among audiology tweeters after sex writer Anna Pulley addressed the ins and outs of the matter online in the Canadian-American magazine VICE.

Quito, the mapping of a noise inferno
Quito, the mapping of a noise inferno

 

noise

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Noise levels in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, have been mapped by students from the private Universidad de Las Américas (UDLA), revealing many areas with day and night levels way above limits recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Headline: Summer soccer solstice start for Sonova inclusive club
Headline: Summer soccer solstice start for Sonova inclusive club

 

awareness

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A new inclusive soccer club will be officially unveiled this June 21 by the Swiss hearing solutions provider Sonova, in league with deaf SV Pullach pro centre forward Simon Ollert, who plays his football wearing hearing aids.

Will listening in noise be solved by this "brain-reading" hearing aid?
Will listening in noise be solved by this

 

intelligibility

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The long-unsolved "cocktail party" problem of how to listen to a specific speaker in noisy surroundings may have a neuroengineered solution: a brain-controlled AI hearing aid developed in a Columbia University lab.

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