The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) released a statement regarding the Zika virus outbreak and its potential impact on hearing health.
The Academy said it hearing loss due to the disease could occur at birth or acquired later.
“Much like cytomeglovirus and other pathologies, it is crucially important to identify hearing loss through infant hearing screening or preschool and school-aged screening programs for all infants and children who may be at high risk for hearing loss as a consequence of Zika virus disease,” AAA said in a press release.
The concern of potential risks is targeted for the infants born of mothers who were or could be during pregnancy.
Learn more about the Zika virus: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/
Article by: Toni Bacala