Hearing Impairment

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Hearing Impairment

Hearing impairment is considered to be anything from slight to profound impairment in the ability of a person to detect frequencies and intensities of sound. It can be acquired during life or present at birth, and it can also be inherited. Hearing loss can occur in one or both ears, and affect different areas of the ears. There are two main types of hearing loss; for more information see conductive hearing loss or sensorineural hearing loss. Symptoms of hearing impairment include delayed development of speech or unclear speech, use of high volume on electronic viewing devices, and consistent need to ask for repitition in conversation. Treatment for hearing impairment may include hearing aides or cochlear implants to improve hearing ability.

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Condition Specific Organizations

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BEGINNINGS For Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc.

BEGINNINGS provides emotional support and access to unbiased information to families with deaf or hard of hearing children, age birth through 21. BEGINNINGS provides an impartial approach to meeting the diverse needs of these families and the professionals who serve them. These services are also available to deaf parents who have hearing children. The mission of BEGINNINGS is to inform and empower parents as they make decisions about their child. In addition, BEGINNINGS is also committed to providing technical assistance to professionals who work with these families.

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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Hearing Loss Association of America

The mission of HLAA is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.

Last Updated: 29 Jan 2013

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Following organizations serve the condition "Hearing Impairment" for support, advocacy or research.

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BEGINNINGS For Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc.

BEGINNINGS provides emotional support and access to unbiased information to families with deaf or hard of hearing children, age birth through 21. BEGINNINGS provides an impartial approach to meeting the diverse needs of these families and the professionals who serve them. These services are also available to deaf parents who have hearing children. The mission of BEGINNINGS is to inform and empower parents as they make decisions about their child. In addition, BEGINNINGS is also committed to providing technical assistance to professionals who work with these families.

http://www.ncbegin.org

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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Hearing Loss Association of America

The mission of HLAA is to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing information, education, support and advocacy.

http://www.hearingloss.org

Last Updated: 29 Jan 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Hearing Impairment" returned 237 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Predicting 3-year outcomes of early-identified children with hearing impairment.
 

Author(s): T Y C Ching, J Day, M Seeto, H Dillon, V Marnane, L Street

Journal: B-ENT. 2013 ;Suppl 21():99-106.

 

PROBLEM/OBJECTIVES: Permanent childhood hearing loss has major negative impacts on children's health and development. To improve outcomes, universal newborn hearing screening (UNHS) has been implemented widely. However, high-quality evidence on its efficacy was lacking. To address ...

Last Updated: 3 Jan 2014

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[Investigation of risk factors for hearing impairment in premature infants].
 

Author(s): Yao-Fang Xia, Cui-Qing Liu, Hong-Xia Li, Jin-Zhu Su, Hui-Bo An

Journal: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke Za Zhi. 2013 Dec;15(12):1050-3.

 

To investigate the risk factors for hearing impairment in premature infants.

Last Updated: 17 Dec 2013

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A novel splice-site mutation in the GJB2 gene causing mild postlingual hearing impairment.
 

Author(s): Marta Gandía, Francisco J Del Castillo, Francisco J Rodríguez-Álvarez, Gema Garrido, Manuela Villamar, Manuela Calderón, Miguel A Moreno-Pelayo, Felipe Moreno, Ignacio del Castillo

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The DFNB1 subtype of autosomal recessive, nonsyndromic hearing impairment, caused by mutations affecting the GJB2 (connection-26) gene, is highly prevalent in most populations worldwide. DFNB1 hearing impairment is mostly severe or profound and usually appears before the acquisition ...

Last Updated: 16 Sep 2013

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The terms "Hearing Impairment" returned 25 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Hearing impairment in Stickler syndrome: a systematic review.
 

Author(s): Frederic R E Acke, Ingeborg J M Dhooge, Fransiska Malfait, Els M R De Leenheer

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Stickler syndrome is a connective tissue disorder characterized by ocular, skeletal, orofacial and auditory defects. It is caused by mutations in different collagen genes, namely COL2A1, COL11A1 and COL11A2 (autosomal dominant inheritance), and COL9A1 and COL9A2 (autosomal recessive ...

Last Updated: 23 Jan 2013

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The cost-effectiveness of universal newborn screening for bilateral permanent congenital hearing impairment: systematic review.
 

Author(s): Stephen Colgan, Lisa Gold, Karen Wirth, Teresa Ching, Zeffie Poulakis, Field Rickards, Melissa Wake

Journal: Acad Pediatr. ;12(3):171-80.

 

Universal newborn hearing screening for bilateral permanent congenital hearing impairment is standard practice in many developed economies, but until there is clear evidence of cost-effectiveness, it remains a controversial use of limited health care resources. We conducted a formal ...

Last Updated: 15 May 2012

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Advantages of a mouse model for human hearing impairment.
 

Author(s): Yoshiaki Kikkawa, Yuta Seki, Kazuhiro Okumura, Yasuhiro Ohshiba, Yuki Miyasaka, Sari Suzuki, Mao Ozaki, Kunie Matsuoka, Yoshihiro Noguchi, Hiromichi Yonekawa

Journal: Exp. Anim.. 2012 ;61(2):85-98.

 

Hearing is a major factor in human quality of life. Mouse models are important tools for discovering the genes that are responsible for genetic hearing loss, and these models often allow the processes that regulate the onset of deafness in humans to be analyzed. Thus far, in the study ...

Last Updated: 25 Apr 2012

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Efficacy, Safety, and Tolerability of Ancrod in Patients With Sudden Hearing Loss
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Hearing Loss; Deafness; Hearing Loss, Sensorineural; Hearing Disorders; Ear Diseases

 

Last Updated: 2 Jun 2014

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Natural History and Genetic Studies of Usher Syndrome
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Retinitis Pigmentosa Syndromic; Congenital Deafness; Usher Syndrome; Retinitis Pigmentosa and Deafness; Progressive Hearing Loss; Retinitis Pigmentosa

 

Last Updated: 18 Jun 2014

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Outcomes In Children With Developmental Delay And Deafness
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Deafness; Hearing Loss

 

Last Updated: 8 Feb 2013

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