At Risk Children for Late Onset Hearing Loss

The Joint Committee on Infant Hearing 2000 position statement suggests that the following indicators place an infant at risk for progressive or delayed-onset sensorineural and/or conductive hearing loss.


  • Parental or caregiver concern regarding hearing, speech, language, and or developmental Delay
  • Family history of permanent hearing loss in childhood
  • Infections after birth such as bacterial meningitis
  • Head trauma
  • Repeated or persistent bouts of ear infections lasting at least 3 months
  • Infections during pregnancy such as cytomegalovirus, herpes, rubella, syphilis, and toxoplasmosis
  • Syndromes associated with progressive hearing loss
  • Neonatal indicators such as persistent pulmonary hypertension
  • Unusual appearance of baby’s head, face or ears

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