Passive smoke can damage hearing
Results of a US study have suggested that exposure to second hand tobacco smoke can double the risk of hearing loss in teenagers.
Young ears proved to be particularly sensitive to passive smoking, which has already been linked to infections in the middle ear.
The investigation found that some cases of hearing loss that had been caused by second hand smoke were so severe the sufferer had difficulty in understanding speech.
Although it is unclear as to precisely how exposure to passive smoke can cause hearing loss, it is thought greater exposure causes more damage.
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Over 1,500 American adolescents aged 12-19 were tested as part of the study and 800 participants had been exposed to second hand smoke.
Forty percent of those 800 teenagers were found to have detectable hearing problems, although about 80 percent did not realise their hearing had been damaged.
In the participants who had not had any exposure to second hand smoke, only 25 percent were found to have hearing difficulties.
The results of the study were published in the Archives of Otolaryngol – Head and Neck Surgery, by the researchers from the New York University School of Medicine.
“We need to evaluate how we deal with smoking in public places and at home, as well as how often and when we screen children for hearing loss,” said Professor Anil Lalwani, the lead researcher.
Fellow researcher, Dr Michael Weitzman, added: “It's the type of hearing loss that usually tends to occur as one gets older, or among children born with congenital smoke.”
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What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”