cause of hearing loss is known, we can help parents know what to expect and what to do. A team of medical professionals who specialize in the diagnosis of hearing loss in children can often help you find the answer to what caused the hearing loss. These medical professionals routinely see many children with a wide variety of causes for their hearing losses.
Your primary care provider should be able to provide you the names of audiologists, otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat/ENT) doctors and genetic specialists in your area.
There are two goals for the first visit:
Specific hearing loss diagnoses can help:
Genetic testing is constantly being updated and is best accomplished under the direction of a genetics healthcare provider. The doctor or genetic counselor may recommend other tests such as an EKG or ultrasounds. The cause of the hearing loss is determined through:
The information from these areas will provide additional pieces of the puzzle to help identify the cause of the hearing loss. If the information cannot confirm the cause, it should provide enough clues to determine both what the cause of the hearing loss
IS NOT and what the cause of the hearing loss
From a geneticist's point of view, the cause of hearing loss will fall into one of three broad categories:
This is an important first step; it focuses the attention of the investigation into areas that might reveal the cause of the hearing loss AND it saves time, energy, and money by preventing tests that are not likely to reveal the true answer.