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October 27, 2014
New study links childhood infections to hearing loss later in life

The objective of the study was to identify whether associations exist between the occurrence of common childhood infections in a UK birth cohort and hearing function across different frequencies at age 61 to 63 years.

Action on hearing loss have funded a research that suggests reducing childhook infection rates could help prevent hearing loss.

Common childhood infections, such as tonsillitis and ear infections, may lead to hearing loss later in life, according to recent research we funded at Newcastle University as part of the ongoing 1947 Newcastle Thousand Families Study.

The Newcastle Thousand Families Study monitored 1142 Newcastle-born babies from 1947 to the present day, measuring their health, growth and development. Now in their sixties a quarter of them have had their hearing tested.