Children exposed to cigarette smoke have higher risk of hearing loss, research indicates

Newsweek (6/11, Dovey) reports researchers from Japan have found that “exposure to smoking, both in utero and in the first few months of a child’s life, is associated with higher prevalence of hearing impairment,” according to a study published in Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. Among the findings, “children exposed to only their mothers’ past smoking had a 26 percent increased risk of hearing impairment,” and those exposed to only “secondhand smoke at four months had a 30 percent increased risk.” In addition, “those whose mothers smoked during their pregnancy had a 68 percent increased risk of hearing impairment.”

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