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Pregnant, have hearing loss. Any effect on baby?

i am 25yrs female. i have hearing loss of 60db. this is sensorineural loss. This problem is increasing nowadays. and i am 2 months pregnant also and worried, do my baby also get same problem. but my parents did not have this problem. my elder sister is having same problem, but her loss is nearly 80%. my mother s father had this problem. So looking for suggestions to take precautions to protect my baby from this problem.i consu;lted three ENT specialists, they advised to go for hearing aids . but i am not happy to use it. is there any other treatments for this.
Mon, 25 Feb 2013
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Hello Soumya,
Some forms of hearing loss are definitely inherited, while others are not.

Genetic forms of hearing loss must be distinguished from acquired (non-genetic) causes of hearing loss. The genetic forms of hearing loss are diagnosed by otologic, audiologic, and physical examination, family history, ancillary testing (e.g., CT examination of the temporal bone), and molecular genetic testing. Molecular genetic testing, available in clinical laboratories for many types of syndromic and nonsyndromic deafness, plays a prominent role in diagnosis and genetic counseling.

You should go for genetic counselling and testing.
Regarding hearing aids, it is best to go along with the expert advice given.
take care.
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