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Can thalassemia lead to hearing loss?
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Maybe if excess iron
Thalassemia carriers (thalassemia trait) probably have the same chance of hearing problems as non-thalassemia persons have.
However, thalassemia patients with severe anemia who need regular blood transfusions will get iron overload. Iron overload may cause some hearing loss. The treatment for iron overload is chelation therapy, which can cause hearing loss.

In brief: Maybe if excess iron
Thalassemia carriers (thalassemia trait) probably have the same chance of hearing problems as non-thalassemia persons have.
However, thalassemia patients with severe anemia who need regular blood transfusions will get iron overload. Iron overload may cause some hearing loss. The treatment for iron overload is chelation therapy, which can cause hearing loss.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
In brief: May not
Thalassemia per se may not cause hearing loss.
Chelation therapy that is associated with frequent blood transfusions may cause hearing loss.

In brief: May not
Thalassemia per se may not cause hearing loss.
Chelation therapy that is associated with frequent blood transfusions may cause hearing loss.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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