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Causes of infant hearing loss?

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Dr. Susumu Inoue
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 54 years experience
There are many: If you live in the washington state, i beleive they do hearing screening test in the hospital your baby was born. You should check to see if your baby passed the screening test. There are a few hereditary conditions that affect hearing, then viral infection during the pregnancy may affect baby's hearing, then medications given to the baby may affect hearing. Meningitis may affect hearing.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Causes of prelingual: hearing loss: : (1) > 50% genetic, 50% of these from mutations of GJB2 genes that code for connexin proteins, carried by 1:33 people. Babies who inherit it from both parents have deafness. (2) syndromes, inherited or new mutations (3) intrauterine infections, mainly cytomegalovirus (3) postnatal infections, mainly bacterial meningitis. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1434/?report=reader.

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What leads to infant hearing loss?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Infant hearing: An infant may have a hearing deficit due to a number of conditions. These include abnormal development of the ear drum or canal, abnormal brain development and nervous system, infections such as meningitis. In most states a hearing test is conducted prior to discharge of an infant after birth. Prmg (peds md) can review records at 858 259 9689, at no personal cost only billed to insurance w/card.

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