An Often Unknown Cause of Hearing Loss in Children
Understanding and Preventing CMV in the Educational SettingAuthor: Brenda Balch, M.D., AAP EHDI Chapter Champion for CT
The leading cause of sensorineural hearing loss is heredity, but many people don’t realize that the second most common cause of SNHL in children is due to Congenital Cytomegalovirus or cCMV. It is also the most common congenital viral infection in the United States and resulting hearing loss may be preventable. CMV can cause wide variation in hearing loss, including progressive loss.