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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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Hear the World Charity Gala: CHF 375,000 for children with hearing loss
Hear the World Charity Gala: CHF 375,000 for children with hearing loss

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The Hear the World Foundation's Charity Gala was held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich.

ZPower® announces collaboration with Oticon
ZPower® announces collaboration with Oticon

Partnership

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ZPower has announced on June 22 its collaboration with Oticon, manufacturer of the award-winning Internet-connected and now rechargeable hearing aid Oticon Opn™.

Ole Asboe Jørgensen new president of Oticon Brand, Global
Ole Asboe Jørgensen new president of Oticon Brand, Global

Appointment

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Oticon has announced today the appointment of Ole Asboe Jørgensen as new president of the Oticon Brand, Global.

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) in full support of OTC bill
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) in full support of OTC bill

OTC

As the vote on the US Over-the-Counter Hearing Aid Act of 2017 draws near, positions are beginning to crystallize. The HLAA has announced its full support for the bill and has issued an Action Alert to encourage consumers to urge their representatives to vote for the new legislation, reports Business Wire.

Sonova Open Door Day to celebrate 70 years of Phonak
Sonova Open Door Day to celebrate 70 years of Phonak

Anniversary

From PHONAK ALPINA (1950) to Phonak Audéo B-R (2016) - ©Phonak

Sonova is celebrating seven decades of its brand Phonak with the Sonova Open Door Day on June 24 at its global headquarters in Staefa, Switzerland.

Paris: The ‘can’t miss’ highlights of the scientific program
Paris: The ‘can’t miss’ highlights of the scientific program

ENT World Congress

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Here is a selection of key otology/audiology conferences held during the ENT World Congress in Paris, both in English and in French, to help you choose the conferences you want to attend and make sure you don’t miss out on anything!

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