Hidden Hearing Respond to Research Linking Hearing Loss to Smoking During Pregnancy

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Specialists in private hearing healthcare, Hidden Hearing, have responded to new research which has found that mothers who smoke during pregnancy will have children more susceptible to hearing loss.

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Researchers from the New York University School of Medicine said the link was ‘relatively modest’ but warned that even small hearing loss can cause problems in learning and social skills.

Researchers in New York have discovered a link between hearing loss in teenagers and if their mothers smoked during pregnancy – reports Reuters on June 21.

Researchers from the New York University School of Medicine said the link was ‘relatively modest’ but warned that even small hearing loss can cause problems in learning and social skills.

The study included audio tests of nearly 1000 youths, with just over 16% who had mums that smoked while pregnant. These people were especially at risk for hearing loss at lower frequencies of human speech, with one in six revealed to have hearing problems in one ear, compared to one in 14 of those whose mums did not smoke during pregnancy.

The mild hearing loss measured in the adolescents is likely to get worse in adulthood without intervention and highlights another risk smoking can cause to hearing before somebody is even born.

A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:

“Passive smoking has already been linked to hearing loss in teenagers, but this new research reveals that the effect smoking has on hearing could start much earlier. It’s important to be aware of what health decisions you make can impact on your hearing and that if you think you have problems with your hearing that you book a free hearing test at one of our centres across the country.”

With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.

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