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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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New app to rate noise levels in restaurants
New app to rate noise levels in restaurants

App

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A new app, called SoundPrint, has been developed to help people record sound levels at restaurants and to enable users to find a quiet restaurant by comparing sound levels.

A new approach to hearing assessment for personnel in public safety
A new approach to hearing assessment for personnel in public safety

Noise

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A new method for assessing auditory fitness in people working in public safety areas, such as police and correctional services, was recently published in the journal Ear and Hearing, reports News-Medical.

Group for aspiring audiologists with hearing loss
Group for aspiring audiologists with hearing loss

Advocacy

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An audiology student at the University of Texas – Dallas (UT Dallas) has started a group to support students with hearing loss who are in audiology programs or who plan to study audiology.

Sivantos and Widex to merge?
Sivantos and Widex to merge?

Industry

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On May 16, Sivantos and Widex announced their intention to merge to form a joint entity.

GN Store Nord reports strong interim results for Q1 2018
GN Store Nord reports strong interim results for Q1 2018

Industry

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Denmark-based group GN Store Nord has reported double-digit organic growth, driving a strong increase in the company’s earnings margin.

InnerScope Hearing Technologies announces new strategic partnership
InnerScope Hearing Technologies announces new strategic partnership

Alliance

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InnerScope Hearing Technologies, Inc. recently announced a strategic partnership with Advantego Corporation for exclusive worldwide distribution rights for the audiological market, reports Cision PR Newswire.

Amplifon announces growth of + 9,7 % for Q1 2018
Amplifon announces growth of + 9,7 % for Q1 2018

Financial

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Amplifon started the year with a revenue increase of 9.7%, according to a statement released by the group in April 2018.

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