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Poor nutrition in early childhood can make you deaf

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Parents, take note. You need to keep a check on your child's diet as a new study suggests that young adults who were undernourished as children were approximately twice as likely to suffer from

The findings of the study also suggest that nutritional interventions could help prevent

"Our findings should help elevate as a still-neglected public burden, and one that nutrition interventions in early childhood might help prevent," of the study, Keith West Jr., from the

According to the researchers, hearing loss is the fourth leading cause of disability worldwide, and an estimated 80 per cent of affected individuals live in the low- and middle-income countries.

For the study, published in of Clinical Nutrition, researchers analysed the relationship between the hearing of more than 2,200 young adults and their nutritional levels as children 16 years earlier.

All study participants had been part of a nutrition trial conducted between 1989 and 1991 that collected information to assess their nutritional status.

The results of the auditory tests showed that young adults who were stunted in childhood were nearly twice as likely to show signs of hearing loss.

Stunting, or being too short for one's age, is a of undernourishment that often starts before birth, which is a critical time for the development of auditory function.

The researchers also found that participants who were too thin as children were also at a twofold risk of hearing loss.

They suspect that impeded inner ear development caused by -- especially in the womb -- may contribute to the increased risk of hearing loss found in the study.

"We now have evidence that addressing this nutritional burden might also prevent hearing loss later in life," West added.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 14:54 IST
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