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Is my child at risk for hearing loss?

​​​​HearingLoss.pngPossibly. Some babies are born with medical conditions that are associated with hearing loss, such as:

  • Infections (CMV, herpes, rubella, syphilis, and toxoplasmosis)
  • Newborns with stays in intensive care longer than 5 days
  • Newborns requiring transfusions for j​aundice
  • Children with syndromes or differences in the shape of the head/face
  • Certain chemotherapy treatments or medications used to treat severe infections are toxic to the hearing system.
  • A family history of childhood hearing loss may indicate a genetic hearing loss

This is not a complete list of all of the conditions that can be associated with hearing loss. If you have questions about whether your child is at risk for hearing loss, ask your pediatrician, family doctor, or an audiologist. Remember, your child’s hearing can be tested at any age. ​