A fat body makes teens vulnerable to hearing problems?

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hearing problemObese adolescent are more likely to have hearing problems than their friends who have normal body weight.

Scientists found that obese adolescents have increased hearing problems at all frequencies and almost two times higher risk of developing low-frequency hearing loss.

The study, as reported by the Daily Mail (19/6), found that obesity in adolescents is associated with sensorineural hearing loss at all frequencies (the frequency range that can be heard by humans). Sensorineural hearing loss is caused by damage to the hair cells of the inner ear.

People with low frequency hearing loss can not hear sounds at a frequency of 2,000 Hz or below. In most cases, they are still able to understand what others say well, but may have difficulty hearing when in groups or in noisy places.

Further research is needed to know the dangers of hearing loss on social contacts, academic achievement, and behavioral and cognitive functions of children.

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