Source:Sharma A, Ruscetta MN, Chi DH. Ophthalmologic findings in children with sensorineural hearing loss.
Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg.
–123; doi:10.1001/archoto.2008.546

To determine the prevalence of ophthalmologic abnormalities in children with sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL), investigators at the University of Washington, Seattle, and University of Pittsburgh retrospectively reviewed the charts of children aged 18 years and younger seen at a tertiary care university children’s hospital between November 2000 and June 2007 for SNHL. All children with SNHL for whom results of ophthalmologic evaluation were available were included in the study.

Severity of hearing loss assessed by audiometric evaluation was defined as follows: mild, 26 to 40 dB; moderate, 41 to 55 dB; moderately severe, 56 to 70 dB; severe, 71 to 90 dB; and profound, greater than 90 dB. Patients in the study were offered genetic testing for mutations in the GJB2 gene, which...

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