Hearing Loss Genetics: the Future of Fast, Affordable Hearing Loss Screening

Looking to the future of hearing loss diagnostics, there is work being done to dramatically bring down the cost of screening for hearing loss at the molecular level. While most hearing loss is sensorineural and comes with age, there are significant younger patient populations who have loss due to genetic causes. Eliot Shearer of the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders is on the case. The ultimate goal is a low-cost procedure that will allow for pinpointed genetic diagnosis.  Pretty cool!