A Simple Hearing Test May Predict Autism Risk

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A recent autism study done at the University of Rochester shows that a simple hearing test may predict autism risk. The test can help to identify and start treating autism at a young age before children learn to speak and study. The researchers have identified that the inner-ear problem in children with autism may be the cause of issues with the ability to recognize speech. Anne Luebke, a study co-author, mentioned, “This study identifies a simple, safe and noninvasive method to screen young children for hearing deficits that are associated with autism.”

Many symptoms of autism become noticeable before the age of 2, and yet, most children are not diagnosed for them until they are 4. The sooner the disorder is diagnosed, the sooner the treatments can be provided, and the more chances there are for the child’s development.

In a recent study published in the journal Autism Research, researchers examined the hearing of children between the ages of 6 and 17, with and without autism. Children with autism had hearing difficulty in a specific frequency 1-2 kHz, which is essential for speech development. The degree of hearing impairment was associated with the severity of autism symptoms.

In summation, the scientists believe that the hearing test could be provided to diagnose autism early on and could even be used to screen infants as it is noninvasive, affordable and doesn’t require a child’s verbal response. This find could be a groundbreaking occurrence in the autism movement.

Read more at http://www.webmd.com/brain/autism/news/20160801/hearing-test-may-predict-autism-risk-sooner-study

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