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How can problems at birth cause hearing loss in children?

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Some children are born with hearing problems. Most of the time, they’re tied to a child’s genes. Other times, it happens during pregnancy. Hearing loss can also happen when a pregnant woman has a medical condition like diabetes or preeclampsia. A baby born prematurely is at higher risk, too.

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Treatment of Hearing Loss in Children." 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Communications Considerations for Parents of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children," "Your Child's Hearing Development Checklist," "Has Your Baby's Hearing Been Screened?" 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Children and Hearing Aids," "Causes of Hearing Loss in Children," "Effects of Hearing Loss on Development," "Cochlear Implants."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on June 21, 2018

SOURCES: 

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Treatment of Hearing Loss in Children." 

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Communications Considerations for Parents of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Children," "Your Child's Hearing Development Checklist," "Has Your Baby's Hearing Been Screened?" 

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Children and Hearing Aids," "Causes of Hearing Loss in Children," "Effects of Hearing Loss on Development," "Cochlear Implants."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on June 21, 2018

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