Genetics of hearing loss (from congenital forms to presbycusis)

Savina Dipresa, Antonella Fabretto, Giorgia Girotto, Cristina Zadro, Paolo Gasparini

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Since the identification of the first deafness gene in the 90thies, a relevant number of genes have been identified. This finding led to a significant increase on the molecular knowledge of the processes responsible for hearing and balance and of the corresponding pathological mechanisms. But there is still a long way to go and many genes remain to be identified. The elucidation of the exact function of genes for which only a putative function has been hypothesized and of genes with an unknown function, remains a great challenge. In this chapter an up-to-day overview on the genetics of hearing loss is provided to the reader.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHearing Loss: Classification, Causes and Treatment
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages35
ISBN (Print)9781612095080
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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