Home Health Parents News Now Smoking While Pregnant Could Threaten Babies' Hearing Smoking While Pregnant Could Threaten Babies' Hearing By Holly Lebowitz Rossi July 10, 2013 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_115220074 30400 Previously, prenatal smoking has been linked to negative consequences in children of all ages, including premature birth, low weight or underdevelopment and asthma. Now, a connection also has been made between smoking while pregnant and hearing loss in adolescents, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology. "Cigarette smoking is probably the worst man-made epidemic," says Michael Weitzman, study author and a professor at the New York University School of Medicine. In a group of 964 kids ranging in age from 12 to 15 from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey in 2005-2006, about 16% of parents confirmed prenatal smoke exposure. In most cases, kids with exposure were roughly three times more likely to have mild hearing loss. Kids without exposure also were found to hear better by three decibels in comparison with those who were exposed. Image: Pregnant woman with cigarette, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Smoking While Pregnant Could Threaten Babies' Hearing Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.