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Risk Factors for Hearing Loss

  • Caregiver concern
  • Family history of childhood hearing loss
  • Craniofacial anomalies
  • Chemotherapy
  • Head trauma
  • Ototoxic medication
  • In utero infection (Herpes, Rubella, Syphilis, Toxoplasmosis, CMV)
  • Culture positive postnatal infections (herpes, varicella, meningitis)
  • Neurodegenerative disorders (Hunter syndrome)
  • Syndromes associated with hearing loss (Usher, Waardenburg, Alport, Pendred, Jevell, Lange-Nielson)
  • Physical findings associated with hearing loss
  • Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) stay


Reference: Joint Committee on Infant Hearing, 2007 Position Statement


Page Updated 10/5/2016