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Hearing loss is common in children with Down syndrome and can affect your child's development. Read this handout to learn the different types of hearing loss and how we screen for hearing loss.
Conductive Hearing Loss
Sensorineural Hearing Loss (SNHL)
The majority of hearing loss associated with Down syndrome is conductive hearing loss. This type of hearing loss happens a lot in children with Down syndrome because they often have the following:
Sensorineural hearing loss is less common than conductive hearing loss, but it does happen in many children with Down syndrome. It may be present at birth, or it may develop later in childhood. Make sure to bring your child for routine hearing tests even if your child has normal hearing screening as a newborn.
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