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What is the incidence of hearing loss in infants?

What is the incidence of hearing loss in infants?

0.1-0.3 %: The most accurate estimates from universal neonatal screening programs place the rate of bilateral hearing loss (greater than 35 db) at 1.4 to 3 per 1000 live births. In more than half of them the deafness is inherited. ...Read more

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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


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Causes of infant hearing loss?

Causes of infant hearing loss?

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. ...Read more

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What leads to infant hearing loss?

What leads to infant hearing loss?

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. ...Read more

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If the father of a baby is partially deaf, what are the chances of his baby being deaf?

If the father of a baby is partially deaf, what are the chances of his baby being deaf?

Depends: It depends a lot on the type of deafness that the father has. Some deafness is hereditary sometimes dominant sometimes recessive. I would strongly recommend that you discussed this with the child's pediatrician and they can recommend a genetic counselor. ...Read more

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Can a forceps delivery cause deafness in a baby?

Can a forceps delivery cause deafness in a baby?

No: Deafness has never been a reported complication of a forceps delivery. Short-term complications can include lacerations, hemorrhage(intracranial, retinal, subgaleal), facial nerve damage and fractures. ...Read more

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My mom and dad are both deaf what are the chances my baby might be born deaf to?

My mom and dad are both deaf what are the chances my baby might be born deaf to?

Depends: The cause of deafness matters. Is this part of a syndromic issue? Were they born deaf? Do they have the same cause? Each parent would require a workup to answer this. Best option is to make sure your child is screened early and may need a DPOAE OR ABR test early on depending ...Read more

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My mom and dad were both born deaf what are the chances my baby will be born deaf to?

My mom and dad were both born deaf what are the chances my baby will be born deaf to?

Depends: There are many different types of conditions that cause DeafnessSchedule an appointment with a doctor who specializes int Genetics aka a Geneticist. They can review you and and the fathers history, run appropriate tests and come up with a plan. ...Read more

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What causes a baby to be born deaf but look normal?

What causes a baby to be born deaf but look normal?

What?: There is absolutely no reason why a deaf child should look any different than a non deaf child. ...Read more

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