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Obesity Linked to Hearing Loss in Teenagers

A new study in The Laryngoscope shows that obesity is tied to sensorineural hearing loss in adolescents. Researchers examined data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey for 2005-06, which included information on 1,488 participants aged 12 to 19. The study demonstrated “for the first time that obesity in childhood is associated with higher hearing thresholds across all frequencies and an almost 2-fold increase in the odds of unilateral low-frequency hearing loss.” Researchers concluded that “these results add to the growing literature on obesity-related health disturbances and also add to the urgency in instituting public health measures to reduce it.”

Read the study in The Laryngoscope.