St. Cloud, Minnesota — Research over the past year has found a connection between the Zika virus and hearing loss. While families and friends gear up to travel this spring break, local audiology practice Amdahl Hearing is encouraging families to be proactive about protecting their hearing by protecting against Zika.
“One of the most impactful ways to protect you, your family and, in turn, your community from Zika is knowing the travel risks of the location you’re going to,” relays Kevin Amdahl of Amdahl Hearing.
Research done by Dr. Viviane Boaventura — an ear, nose, and throat specialist who works with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, a Brazilian medical research giant — has led her to make two connections between hearing loss and the virus.
“Zika is found to be harmful to an unborn child whose mother was infected during pregnancy. This can cause birth defects like microcephaly, which …