Hearing Loss Prevention: Swabbing Saliva to Test for Hearing Loss

Aug 8, 2011 by

Medical advancements are made every day, some big and some not so big. Regardless of how big or small a medical discovery is, it’s still extremely fundamental to cures and other preventions. A recent discovery was made at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas by a pediatrician Dr. Pablo Sanchez and other doctors. They found that swabbing a newborn’s mouth would reveal whether or not they are at a higher risk for hearing loss.

Swabbing Saliva to Test for Hearing LossA national study was conducted that tested newborns’ saliva for a cytomegalovirus infection, which can have serious hearing loss consequences. Cytomegalovirus is one of the most common infections passed from mother to child; roughly 20,000 to 30,000 babies are born infected with it. Up to 50 percent of the newborns infected with cytomegalovirus end up with hearing loss as a consequence. When babies are born, they very rarely show any clinical signs of cytomegalovirus infection, making it hard to detect. With the ability to now simply screen a newborn by taking a swab sample of their saliva, the odds of serious hearing loss are reduced. If a newborn tests positive, doctors can immediately monitor the newborn to see if there is any hearing loss and then if need be, treat them as soon as possible.

To keep your hearing at its best, remember to always keep yourself informed on hearing loss prevention tips. HearFlorida offers advice on how to keep your hearing at its best and also welcomes anyone with questions about hearing loss to make an appointment with one of our experienced audiologists. Don’t wait for hearing loss problems to start, educate yourself on the best ways to keep your ears healthy!