Noise exposure during pregnancy and hearing loss in children…

October 6, 2016 by Raji

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.

Even if pregnant women themselves use ear protectors in noisy environments, the babies they’re carrying remain unprotected with an 80% increased risk in noisy occupational environments.

 

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