Causes of Hearing Loss in ChildrenBabies and young children are often born with, or acquire, hearing loss early in childhood. What are the top causes of deafness in children?
Hearing Loss as Part of the PackageSometimes hearing loss is only one aspect of a group of conditions. People who have hearing loss as a result of one of these causes, may have only hearing loss or they may have hearing loss plus other symptoms.
BOR syndrome involves hearing loss, a mutated gene, and the risk of kidney problems.
A look at this relatively rare syndrome that affects the eyes, ears, and the heart, and the resources available to parents of diagnosed children.
Congenital cytomegalovirus is one of the more common causes of hearing loss, and is almost as damaging as rubella (see below).
A look at this fairly rare facial disorder, which has hearing loss as one of its many characteristics.
Treacher Collins Syndrome
Treacher Collins is a relatively rare disorder that causes both hearing loss and facial disfigurement.
Usher syndrome can cause a person to be deaf and/or can cause a loss of vision too.
Waardenburg Syndrome is one of the more unusual genetic causes of deafness, affecting the eyes and hair as well as the ears.
Genetic Causes of Hearing LossIn the deaf and hard of hearing community, people say "deaf of deaf," or DOD, to refer to people who were born deaf to deaf parents. Other times, a child may be born deaf because of a genetic trait that their hearing parents carry.
Genetics and Hearing Loss
Genetic research into deafness and hearing loss is often in the news these days, with exciting progress being made.
Sometimes when the cause of hearing loss in a child is unknown, it is later found to be caused by Connexin 26.
Drug-Induced Causes of Hearing LossCertain drugs can cause hearing loss. In less developed countries, the rate of hearing loss can be high because of the use of these drugs due to the lack of better alternatives.
Learn about ototoxicity and ototoxic drugs.
Losing Hearing Later in LifeSome causes of hearing loss primarily affect adults or teenagers.
Meniere's Disease, which includes hearing loss among its symptoms, can be difficult to live with, but there is no shortage of people to turn to for support.
This hearing loss-related condition can be treated with surgery.
Presbycusis (or Age-Related Hearing Loss)
As we age, we are at greater risk for hearing loss.
Sometimes the hearing loss happens all of a sudden, without warning. People can go to bed hearing and wake up deaf.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ) affects the jaw and can cause hearing loss.
Other Causes of Hearing LossThese are some miscellaneous causes of hearing loss. These causes are not genetic, nor are they syndromic.
Acoustic neurinoma is a lesser known cause of hearing loss.
Auditory Neuropathy is a condition in which a "hearing" person can not hear.
Central Auditory Processing Disorder
Central Auditory Processing Disorder is a disorder that affects the ability to process sound.
Cholesteatomas are growths in the ear that can cause hearing loss.
Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome
Enlarged vestibular aqueduct syndrome, also known as LVAS, is a fairly common condition causing hearing loss.
Glue ear usually causes temporary conductive hearing loss.
It is possible for hearing loss to result from an injury to the ear, particularly the eardrum.
Meningitis is a deadly illness, and if certain drugs are used to treat it, the patient can be left deaf.
A malformation of the cochlea, causing hearing losses of varying degrees.
The mumps are best known for puffy cheeks, but less well known is the fact it can cause hearing loss.