Why should you care about malnutrition?
It is not a surprise that a new study shows a direct link between Hearing-Loss and Malnutrition. In short, adults who were undernourished children are approximately twice as likely to suffer from hearing loss compared to their better-nourished peers. The study was led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and it analyzed the connection between the hearing standards of more than 2,000 young adults in Nepal and their nutritional levels as children. Nutritional interventions in South Asia could help prevent hearing loss. In that region, this condition affects an estimated 116 million young people.
"Our findings should help elevate hearing loss as a still-neglected public health burden, and one that nutrition interventions in early childhood might help prevent"by Keith West Jr. Professor of International Health at the Bloomberg School
The study was published February 7 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and it shines a light on a problem that is quite disturbing. Hearing loss is the fourth leading cause of disability worldwide. Furthermore, almost 80 percent of affected individuals live in low- and middle-income countries. The big surprise is that 14-28 percent of children and young adults in South Asia suffer from some sort of hearing impairment. This number is not acceptable as we know that e have more than enough food and money to feed those children.
Previous studies linked deficiencies of micronutrients to hearing impairment. This is believed to be the first, however, to investigate the relationship between generalized undernutrition and hearing loss, and it is believed to be the first to identify early childhood nutritional status as a modifiable risk factor for later-life hearing loss.