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The Ear and Hearing Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center provides answers to frequently asked questions about the benefits of genetic testing for hearing loss.
Individuals with sensorineural hearing loss of early onset and of unknown etiology may benefit from genetic testing.
The American Society of Human Genetics recognizes that genetic testing is an integral part of the evaluation of a child with nonsyndromic hearing loss and has developed specific guidelines for incorporating genetic testing into your clinical practice [Genet Med 2002:4(3) 162-171].
Genetic test results may provide:
Most insurance companies cover genetic testing of patients with hearing loss. Genetic testing early in the evaluation process may actually reduce costs related to the diagnostic evaluation [Otology and Neurology (2005) 26:610-615].
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