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how you screen for hearing problems?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Hearing test: The only reliable way to screen for hearing loss is to get a hearing test (auidiogram). Your primary care doctor may be able to do this. You can also see an audiologist or an ent.
Dr. Michael Nordstrom
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Hearing Loss: You need to see an ENT doctor to examine you and then likely a hearing test. A hearing test is the primary screening test for hearing loss.

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What can I expect at a hearing test for my baby?

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Passing it: Babies should be passing their hearing tests. If failing it at birth then needs repeat test and might need further testing. If fails hearing later on in life, then might be attributed to wax, fluid in ears, infection, or some other abnormality to the inner ear.
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What is nuchal translucency screening?

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Dr. Erin Alward
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Down screening: Nuchal translucency is measuring the thickness of the baby's neck on an ultrasound in the first trimester. This measurement, along with some bloodwork from the Mom, is a screening test for Down syndrome in the baby. It detects pregnancies that are at increased risk. The only way to know for sure is to do genetic tests on the baby's cells. This can be done with CVS or amniocentesis.
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What is a multiple marker screening?

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Dr. Nicholas Fogelson
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Genetic Screen: A multiple marker screen uses measurements of four analytes (bhcg, estriol, afp, and inhibin-a) to determine the likelihood that a fetus has down syndrome, t16, or t13 (more severe anomalies than downs). It also screens for neural tube defects, but ultrasound has replaced this screen as a superior modality. Importantly, the test does _not_ tell you if the baby had downs, it only quantifies risk.
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Is it possible not to see a twin during early screenings?

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Rare, but possible: With early, high-quality ultrasounds, twins are usually not missed anymore.
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Could a tonsillectomy have caused my vision/hearing problems?

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Complications: Hearing problems can be associated with adenotonsillectomy. Infection can set in causing matoiditis or periostis. Perforated tm can happen or irritation to the facial or auditory nerve. Visual problems this practitioner is not familiar with.

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