Genetic Counseling and Testing Over the past decade, advances in technology have expanded our knowledge of the role of genetics in human health and disease. The genetics of hearing loss is no exception. Currently, over 400 genes are known to be associated with hearing loss, and that number is likely to increase as ... Article
Article  |   May 01, 2005
Genetic Counseling and Testing
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  • Elizabeth Butler
    Pediatrics and Human Development Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
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Article   |   May 01, 2005
Genetic Counseling and Testing
Perspectives on Audiology, May 2005, Vol. 1, 5-7. doi:10.1044/poa1.1.5
Perspectives on Audiology, May 2005, Vol. 1, 5-7. doi:10.1044/poa1.1.5
Over the past decade, advances in technology have expanded our knowledge of the role of genetics in human health and disease. The genetics of hearing loss is no exception. Currently, over 400 genes are known to be associated with hearing loss, and that number is likely to increase as we learn more about the genetics of hearing. Recent advances in our understanding of the genetics of hearing loss have opened up opportunities for greater collaboration between audiologists and genetic counselors.
Genetic counselors are health care professionals who provide information and support to individuals and families with genetic disorders, birth defects, or other inherited genetic concerns. Genetic counselors are trained to obtain family medical histories, interpret comprehensive medical records, and describe complex genetic information and inheritance patterns in an understandable manner. They also review options for genetic testing with families, including including discussion of the risks, benefits, and limitations of testing. Genetic counselors also help families identify appropriate community resources and serve as patient advocates.
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