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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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'Contact lens' for the ear project on cusp of clinical testing
'Contact lens' for the ear project on cusp of clinical testing

Innovation

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A "completely new alternative to a normal hearing device"—an eardrum-hugging disc using a piezoelectric transducer and labelled by its inventors a "contact lens" for the ear—now has the home straight of its development in sight.

EUHA 2019: Watch the trailer and save the date!
EUHA 2019: Watch the trailer and save the date!

Congress

The 64th International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians and Trade Exhibition will take place 16-18 October 2019 in Nürnberg.

Are patients with psoriatic arthritis at risk for hearing loss?
Are patients with psoriatic arthritis at risk for hearing loss?

comorbidity

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A first-ever multicentred study to evaluate hearing in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) suggests clinicians should be aware that patients with this skin condition may be at risk of developing hearing loss.

NICE criteria review means 70% more NHS cochlear implants annually in UK by 2024
NICE criteria review means 70% more NHS cochlear implants annually in UK by 2024

CI

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A significant rise in the number of UK NHS patients receiving cochlear implants (CIs) will follow a long-overdue criteria revision by the standards-setting body NICE.

New regional ENT plan for the Pacific
New regional ENT plan for the Pacific

Public health

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Australian and New Zealand ENT and Audiology experts have been meeting this spring with their counterparts from 6 Pacific Islands to help develop a plan to tackle an alarming regional shortage in hearing health equipment and workforce.

To be, or not to be … together?
To be, or not to be … together?

Joint conference

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The second collaborative conference with the British Academy of Audiology (BAA) and British Society of Audiology (BSA) and the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (BSHAA) – Hearing: A Sense of Purpose – took place in Bristol on 25 March.

Auditory nerve implant research wins $9.7m US health grant
Auditory nerve implant research wins $9.7m US health grant

ANI

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A sizeable research grant from the US National Institutes for Health (NIH) has set up the University of Minnesota to lead a global project into developing a different kind of implant to the cochlear variety, one that can restore normal hearing.

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