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A Parent's guide to genetics & hearing loss
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    National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program. ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.) ;
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    About 1 in 500 infants is born with or develops hearing loss during early childhood. Hearing loss has many causes: some are genetic (that is, caused by a baby’s genes) or non-genetic (such as certain infections the mother has during pregnancy, or infections the newborn baby has). A combination of genetic and non-genetic factors also can cause hearing loss. For many babies, the cause of hearing loss is unknown.

    This booklet answers many of the questions that families have about the causes of hearing loss, including genetic causes. For some of the topics, more extensive details are given in the shaded boxes.


    CDC-INFO Pub ID 998538

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