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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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Perspectives for hearing health in the US
Perspectives for hearing health in the US

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In its Health column, Consumer Reports recently talked about the big changes that are expected in the area of hearing healthcare in the US and the common obstacles to hearing rehabilitation.

“Users can tolerate more noise without losing speech intelligibility”
“Users can tolerate more noise without losing speech intelligibility”

INTERVIEW

Audio Infos Spain met Enrique López-Poveda, Director of the Degree in specialisation in audiology USAL and head of research team in charge of developing the technology to reproduce natural binaural audition.

Audio Infos Latin America 55 - free-access to selected contents in English
Audio Infos Latin America 55 - free-access to selected contents in English

Audio Infos

Issue 55 of Audio Infos Latin America, the first of 2017, is already available on our free-access flipbook platform.

MED-EL: “The initial results of our tests make us very optimistic"
MED-EL: “The initial results of our tests make us very optimistic

INTERVIEW

Audio Infos Spain interviewed Julio Rodrigo, General Manager of MED-EL Spain and Portugal, regarding their patent of a new processor to improve intelligibility in noisy environments.

Prof. Al Sanosi wins 2017 Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair Award
Prof. Al Sanosi wins 2017 Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair Award

Award

Prof. Abdulrahman Al Sanosi, MD, King Saud University of Saudi Arabia is the 2017 recipient of the Ingeborg and Erwin Hochmair award for the service to the deaf.

Oticon Opn™ Named 2017 Edison Awards Finalist
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Oticon has announced the nomination of Opn™ as one of the three 2017 Edison Awards™ finalist in the category Health & Wellness/Hearing technology.

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