Friday, October 17, 2008

Connexin 26 and other Genetic Cause Families Come In!

Ok, so now that I'm 6.5 months pregnant, it's about time I actually start thinking of preparing for this baby.

I feel very fortunate that we actually know the cause of Christian's hearing loss, as I know there are many families out there that never get to pinpoint the exact cause. Since we know, in addition to immediately requesting an ABR, we definitely plan on doing genetic testing on our next child. I'm interested to see what families have done when they were faced with a similar situation as we are. We have several options regarding the genetic testing, including collecting a sample from our child's cord blood (which we will be banking again this time around).

If you have any insight on this, please share!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey again,

I left a comment earlier about understanding your bittersweet feelings about having another baby. Our son's hearing loss was also conexin 26. We did choose to do genetic testing on our new baby girl. We did not want to go through the same battery of infant hearing tests, that often have inconclusive results, like we did with Jacob. We wanted to know if she had a conexin 26 related hearing loss as soon as possible. Caroline tested as a carrier of the gene like my husband and I but did not get the hearing loss. I will warn you, insurance did not pay for Caroline to be tested. It was a little pricey, $1,000 dollars but for us, definately worth it!!!