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Why are some babies born with severe hearing loss?

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Your DNA has many genes that help build the structures involved in hearing. A problem with any of them can mean a baby is born without this sense. Babies also can lose their hearing because of a problem in the womb. Pregnant women who take certain medicines, such as the cancer drug thalidomide or drugs for tuberculosis, may have a baby with severe hearing loss. It can also happen if a woman has certain infections, like cytomegalovirus.

SOURCES:

CDC: “Types of Hearing Loss” and “Hearing Loss in Children: Data and Statistics.”

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: “Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants and Assistive Technology;” “Audiologic Rehabilitation;” “FM Systems;” and "Degree of Hearing Loss."

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement: “Dr. Ross on Hearing Loss: Understanding and Managing a Severe Hearing Loss.”

Merck Manuals: “Evaluation of Hearing Loss” and “Drug-Induced Ototoxicity.”

Hearing Loss Association of America: “Symptoms of Hearing Loss;” “Diagnosing Hearing Loss;” and "Living With Hearing Loss.”

First Signs Organization: “Audiological Screening.”

American Speech Language Hearing Association: “Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Congenital Deafness."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on December 13, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: “Types of Hearing Loss” and “Hearing Loss in Children: Data and Statistics.”

American Speech-Language Hearing Association: “Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants and Assistive Technology;” “Audiologic Rehabilitation;” “FM Systems;” and "Degree of Hearing Loss."

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Hearing Enhancement: “Dr. Ross on Hearing Loss: Understanding and Managing a Severe Hearing Loss.”

Merck Manuals: “Evaluation of Hearing Loss” and “Drug-Induced Ototoxicity.”

Hearing Loss Association of America: “Symptoms of Hearing Loss;” “Diagnosing Hearing Loss;” and "Living With Hearing Loss.”

First Signs Organization: “Audiological Screening.”

American Speech Language Hearing Association: “Untreated Hearing Loss in Adults.”

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Congenital Deafness."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on December 13, 2018

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