Ethical Issues in Genetics Related to Hearing Loss, by Ruth S. Marin & Kathleen S. Arnos

Submitted by: Robert Fifer, PhD, LEND Program, Mailman Center for Child Development, FL
Source: The ASHA Leader

October 8, 2013

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Recent technological advances in genetics have enabled the identification and characterization of dozens of genes involved in normal hearing. This knowledge has resulted in many new clinical applications for clients with hearing loss. To ensure appropriate diagnosis and habilitation of people with genetic forms of hearing loss, audiologists and speech-language pathologists must work closely with clinical geneticists and genetic counselors. In addition to a basic understanding of genetic factors that cause hearing loss, it is important for speech and hearing professionals to understand the unique ethical challenges that new technologies in genetics may introduce.