Jul 19, 2011

Children who become passive smokers may at risk of deafness while growing up

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GladChild: Childhood is a period of growth, thus greatly influenced by environmental conditions. If many smokers around, ears and auditory nerves in it do not grow up and be deaf while growing up.

Although no smoking, children can become passive smokers when inhaled tobacco smoke that is exhaled the people around him. In addition to cancer that may trigger a new would emerge decades later, the poison of tobacco can also cause deafness in their teens.

This was revealed in a recent study conducted by experts from New York University on 1533 adolescents in the United States aged 12-19 years. In that study, participants underwent cotinin levels which are a byproduct of nicotine metabolism.

High and low levels in the body cotinin participants indicate how much nicotine in cigarette smoke pollution that breathed. The higher levels of cotinin, it means that the teenagers have much nicotine as smokers inhale smoke.

From observation, it was revealed that the higher levels of cotinin then teenage children are more susceptible to hearing problems including otitis media or inflammation of the middle ear. The most serious risk is deaf or loses the ability to hear at all.

Passive smoking, especially those that are still very early age potentially impaired the development of auditory or listening skills, said Anil Lalwani, who led the study, as quoted from HealthDay on Tuesday July 19, 2011.

Even more worrisome, the hearing impairment is often not realized until eventually evolved to become more severe. From the results of the examination, 80 percent of participants indicated already having hearing problems but never had any complaints, which may not be realized.

The results of this study were published in the Archives of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery issue of July.

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