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September 16, 1998

Cigarette Smoke Exposure and Hearing Loss

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Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(11):963-964. doi:10.1001/jama.280.11.963

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.

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