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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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The term “hearing impaired” removed from New York state’s law books
The term “hearing impaired” removed from New York state’s law books

Awareness

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New York State became the third US state to remove the term "hearing impaired" from state law, under legislation signed recently by Governor Andrew Cuomo, reports the Democrat and Chronicle.

Bluetooth communication system commissioned by American military
Bluetooth communication system commissioned by American military

Communication

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Sonitus Technologies has secured a multi-million-dollar contract with the United States Department of Defense (DOD) for the company’s ‘Molar Mic’, a new personal communication system.

Regulations concerning music venues changing in France
Regulations concerning music venues changing in France

Sound level

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The French government recently published a decree reinforcing noise and sound regulations for music venues in the country.

Using headphones and hearing aids simultaneously
Using headphones and hearing aids simultaneously

Devices

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CR Consumer Reports recently ran an article on finding headphones that work well with hearing aids.

The Amplifon Group acquires Conversons centres
The Amplifon Group acquires Conversons centres

Retail

In August this year, the Audio Sons and Amplifon groups signed an agreement to purchase the centres branded under the Conversons name.

63rd EUHA Congress in Hanover
63rd EUHA Congress in Hanover

EUHA2018

The International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians 2018 will be held at Deutsche Messe Hanover between 17 and 19 October 2018.

Sivantos Ibérica emerges in Spain following AS Ibérica union
Sivantos Ibérica emerges in Spain following AS Ibérica union

Industry

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The firm AS Ibérica Soluciones Auditivas, based in Las Rozas (Madrid), has joined Grupo Sivantos as a strategic partner and will now continue in the marketplace as Sivantos Ibérica, say sources at the company.

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New Sonic Enchant custom styles and essential performance levels New Sonic Enchant custom styles and essential performance levels

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Sonic introduces new custom styles and essential performance levels that bring Enchant’s exciting combination of fast performance, innovative features and enhanced functionality to even more users.  [ ... ]

Oticon Opn hearing aid family is expanding to include custom hearing aidsOticon Opn hearing aid family is expanding to include custom hearing aids

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Oticon has packed its 360° Open Sound Experience into a new range of discreet custom styles including its smallest hearing aid to date. [ ... ]

Starkey introduces world’s first HealthableStarkey introduces world’s first Healthable

Livio AI is the world’s first Healthable™ hearing aid to utilize integrated sensors and artificial intelligence and the first device to track physical activity and cognitive health as measured by hearing aid use in social situations. [ ... ]