Recent studies indicate that up to 60% of unexplained cases of
congenital sensorineural hearing loss are attributable to genetic mutations.
Hearing loss is one of the most common congenital disorders. Timely detection and intervention of hearing loss are crucial for the optimal speech, learning, and social development.
The NUH Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, in collaboration with our department, is at the forefront of routine genetic testing for hearing loss in Singapore. This aids families in planning future pregnancies and anticipating the hearing loss in newborns. Additionally, our team has developed a questionnaire to assess stress factors associated with caring for children with hearing impairments, allowing for customised rehabilitation for each child and their family. Age-specific hearing assessments are conducted for older children.