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'Undernourished kids more likely to suffer from hearing loss'

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Children who are undernourished during years are more likely to suffer from hearing impairment later in life, a study has found.

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

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

"Our findings should help elevate as a still-neglected public burden, and one that nutrition interventions in early might help prevent," said from Bloomberg School of Public in the US.

Results of the auditory tests show that young adults who were stunted in were nearly twice as likely to show signs of

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

The researchers suspect that impeded inner ear development caused by undernutrition, especially in the womb, may contribute to the increased risk of hearing loss found in the study.

The participants who were too thin as children were also at a two-fold increase of hearing loss, the researchers said.

Being too thin for one's age is typically caused by acute malnutrition, defined as shorter, more severe periods of

Acute raises children's susceptibility to infections, including in the ear. Repeated can lead to hearing loss.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 11:50 IST