With continued advances in our understanding of the molecular biology of hearing and deafness, the clinical management of deafness will become more sophisticated. Molecular genetic testing will be used to unequivocally diagnose many different forms of inherited deafness, providing prognostic information for patients and their families. Novel habilitation options will be developed that will be applicable to select persons with specific types of genetic deafness. At the forefront of these advances will be the ability to offer precise genetic testing that is rapid, robust, and cost-effective.
This work was supported in part by grants DC02842 and DC03544 (RJHS).
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