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Could hearing loss cause a misdiagnosis of autism?

Could hearing loss cause a misdiagnosis of autism?

Yes it can : Because lack of social interaction and lack of attention and communication and unresponsive to verbal commands are found in people with hearing loss any child expected to have autism should have hearing assessment to r/o hearing problems. ...Read more

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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How to handle hearing loss?

Audiogram: The answer to the question is first, you must be told if it is a conductive or sensori-neural hearing loss. The former may be surgically correctable and the latter may be possibly corrected with amplification. You must have a hearing test (audiogram) and interpretation of the audiogram by an otologist. ...Read more

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What are some causes of hearing loss?

What are some causes of hearing loss?

Multiple causes: Hearing loss can occur due to something as simple as wax occluding the ear canal or as complex and serious as meningitis. Common causes include noise exposure, family history and genetics or toxic effects of certain medications. Age is often implicated as a cause of hearing loss, but losing hearing is not an invariable consequence of getting older. ...Read more

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What are some names for hearing loss?

What are some names for hearing loss?

Hearing loss: Loss of hearing is generally categorized into conductive and sensorineural. Conductive implies a problem in the external ear, ear drum or three tiniest bones in the middle ear. The sensorineural deafness is due to disease of the auditory nerve(8th cranial nerve) or the cochlea (hearing apparatus). ...Read more

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What might lead to this hearing loss?

What might lead to this hearing loss?

Hearing loss: Loss of hearing is generally categorized into conductive and sensorineural. Conductive implies a problem in the external ear, ear drum or three tiniest bones in the middle ear. The sensorineural deafness is due to disease of the auditory nerve(8th cranial nerve) or the cochlea (hearing apparatus). ...Read more

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Could I have hearing loss from a cold?

Could I have hearing loss from a cold?

Yes: You could have a temporary decrease in your hearing related to congestion with increased ear pressure - or fluid in your ears. ...Read more

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What are the causes sudden hearing loss?

Depends on the type: Hearing loss can occur from mechanical or nerve problems. A wax impaction, fluid in the middle ear or severe pressure changes in the middle ear can all cause sudden hearing change. Viral inflammation of the hearing nerve or blocked vessels supplying the nerves of hearing can also cause a sudden change in acuity. You should see a doctor and get a hearing test. In nerve changes, time is important. ...Read more

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What are the main causes of hearing loss?

What are the main causes of hearing loss?

Too numerous: The major causes of hearing loss in childhood are genetic, infection, and trauma. In adults, the major causes are age, noise, head injury, genetics, various antibiotics and also impacted wax. A total list of causes of hearing loss would be too large to mention in this limited space. But I think these are the most common causes. ...Read more

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Hi what medecine is good for hearing loss?

Depends: This is a difficult question to answer. Some hearing loss is due to damage to the inner ear and there is no good medical treatment. Other hearing loss is due to obstruction of the ear canal, damage to the eardrum or middle ear and there can be medical or surgical treatments for this. You need to see an ENT doctor and have an exam and hearing test. There may be some help for you. ...Read more

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Is hearing loss something to be scared about?

Is hearing loss something to be scared about?

Treatable: Most hearing loss is treatable in one way or another. First you need to know what is the cause and if there is a chance it can improve on its own. Is it allergies or infection or something with the cochlea or hearing nerve? You need to see an ENT to discuss the options for treatment. From medicine to hearing aids to certain surgeries even to cochlear implantation, treatment is available. ...Read more

Dr. Gutti Rao
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Hearing Loss (Definition)

Hearing loss, or hearing impairment, is a partial or total loss of the ability to hear and can affect one or both ears. Causes of hearing loss include noise, genetics, aging, infections, or trauma. Hearing loss may be temporary or permanent. Most causes of hearing loss are correctable or treatable. Sufferers should consult ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more