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A clinical geneticist is a physician who has special training in determining the causes of various disorders like hearing loss. A clinical geneticist often works with a genetic counselor. A genetic counselor is a master’s-level professional who is specially trained to explain genetic information to families and to help them to use that information in making medical decisions.
A clinical geneticist and genetic counselor may:
During your first visit to the genetics clinic, you will be asked many questions about your child’s medical history, your pregnancy history and your family history. The geneticist will also examine your child to determine if there are any signs of a genetic syndrome related to hearing loss. The geneticist may also arrange for additional tests and a follow-up visit to discuss test results.
About 30 percent of children with SNHL have a genetic syndrome as part of their hearing loss. A syndrome is an association of medical problems that occur together and have a single cause. Genetic testing (on either a clinical or research basis) is available for many of these conditions.
Some of the genetic syndromes associated with hearing loss include:
Non-Hearing Related Disorders
Thyroid enlargement and dysfunction, temporal (ear) bone anomalies
Skin pigmentation, eye, and hair color, broad nose
Neck cysts, ear and kidney malformations
Jervell and Lange-Nielsen
Kidney and some blood clotting problems
Vision and balance problems
Vision problems, arthritis and unusual facial features
Neurofibromatosis Type 2
Tumors of the hearing / auditory nerve
Unusual facial features
To schedule an evaluation for your child, contact the Ear and Hearing Center at 513-636-2171.
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