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Does hearing loss run in families?

SM orgenmm at juno.com
Mon May 13 04:33:09 EST 2002

Is there a genetic basis for sensoneural
hearing loss?  If a woman first needed hearing aids at 40, her son at
45, and her daughter at 50, I guess you can posit a genetic pattern. 
Does that mean the next generation will suffer progressive hearing
loss too?  Does it skip a generation?  Is there a possibility that it
can strike another generation at an even younger age (such as at
birth) or manifest itself in the form of profound deafness?

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