Chronic ear infection? Hearing loss? Bleeding? All excluded? Consider also a genetic cause
Hearing disorders in childhood are very common: Among 1000 newborns there is one child with a hearing disorder. This can be caused by a cold or inflammation of the middle ear, which only temporarily restricts hearing. However, children can also be permanently hard of hearing due to infections or medication. More than half of childhood hearing loss is due to hereditary changes. Since hearing plays an important role in the development of speech and social behaviour, it is important to recognise hearing loss and its cause as early as possible. This is the only way to achieve the best results. In addition, about 20 percent of congenital hearing disorders affect other organs in addition to the ears, such as the eyes, kidneys or heart.
In these cases it is crucial for the prognosis of the patient to know the exact cause of the disease in order to be informed about possible risks and complications. With knowledge of the underlying genetic defect and hereditary pattern, risk carriers within a family can be quickly identified. Patients and their relatives thus also receive valuable information on the risk of recurrence if they wish to have children. In addition to the well-known mutations in GJB2 and GJB6, many other genes associated with hearing impairment have been described.
We investigate all these genes - including the rare ones. Take a look at our gene panel or contact us. We would be delighted if you would involve us.