The deleterious effect of tobacco use on the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems, as well as its role in the increase in cancer incidence at multiple sites, is well recognized, as is the impact of exposure to secondhand smoke. This study by Weitzman and colleagues, a cross-sectional data analysis from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2005-2006), reviewed the prenatal cigarette smoke exposure of 964 adolescents aged 12 to 15 years. The results show that in utero cigarette smoke exposure is associated with significant sensorineural hearing loss.
Highlights. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013;139(7):665. doi:10.1001/jamaoto.2013.2589