In order to determine how a hearing loss can be prevented, one needs to view the causes of hearing loss. This entry provides an overview of hearing loss across the life span: (1) before birth, (2) during birth, and (3) after birth and then explores hearing conservation programs (HCPs) at school, in the community, and in the workplace.

Before Birth

The time period involving before birth is referred to as prenatal in the professional community. Discussion of prenatal causes starts with the inherited genetic factors. Specifically, the genetic makeup of parents of the child plays a significant role; parents may carry genes on their chromosomes, which result in hearing loss. If the parents pass the gene on to the offspring, the child may develop hearing loss. The ...

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