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Breaking News From ASHA Convention: Another Reason To Quit Smoking—Smokers Are At Greater Risk For Permanent Damage To Their Hearing

ASHA Members Will Discuss Research And Implications During 2010 ASHA Convention In Philadelphia

Editors: First Author Available For Interviews During And After Convention

(Rockville, MD - November 18, 2010)  

Regardless of gender, smokers are at a greater risk for inner ear-cochlear damage than nonsmokers, according to researchers who will be presenting their findings during the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Annual Convention in Philadelphia this week.

According to ASHA member T. K. Parthasarathy and his co-presenters, this knowledge will help audiologists detect changes earlier in their smoking patients' inner ear-cochlear function. Presenters will explain that regardless of the number of cigarettes smoked per day, nicotine seems to cause a reduction in the blood supply to the smokers' cochlea, thereby affecting hearing.

This research will be presented on Thursday, November 18, at 3:00 p.m. in Hall C at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (Effects of Cigarette Smoking on Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions in Male and Female Adult Subjects, Session 0106, Poster Board 392).

Their presentation is part of ASHA's Annual Convention, which begins November 18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Convention will feature 3 days of workshops, paper sessions, poster presentations, and the Keynote Session by Nancy Goodman Brinker (Founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation), plus the Annie Glenn Award, which will be given to performing artist and "New Kid on the Block" Joey McIntyre. The Convention runs through Saturday, November 20.

These important findings are one example of the research being discussed during ASHA's Annual Convention. Audiologists and speech-language pathologists, as well as other speech, language, and hearing scientists, gather every year at ASHA's Convention to share their research with their colleagues. This sharing of information results in better care for the people they serve.


About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 140,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.

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