Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—In the article by Dr Cruickshanks and colleagues1 describing an association between hearing loss and smoking (either active or passive) in middle-aged and elderly individuals, the authors accurately described our findings of an association between passive smoke exposure and an auditory processing task in 6- to 11-year-old children.2 However, not mentioned by Cruickshanks et al but consistent with that report is an association between maternal smoking during pregnancy and altered auditory-based behavior in offspring that extends from birth to at least early adolescence.
Fried P. Cigarette Smoke Exposure and Hearing Loss. JAMA. 1998;280(11):963-964. doi:10.1001/jama.280.11.963