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Those who were undernourished in their preschool years were about twice as likely to have hearing loss 16 years later than those who were better nourished as young children, the study found.
"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," lead investigator Keith West Jr. said in a Hopkins news release. He's a professor of international health at the university.
The "findings are not only important for low-resource areas of Nepal, but also for much of South Asia," he said.
The results were published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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