Excerpt from Chapter Introduction:
"Otosclerosis is a condition that causes hearing loss. It is different from many other causes of hearing impairment in that the loss can often be corrected by surgery, resulting in a restoration of hearing. The psychological impact of this condition has largely been ignored due to the perception that the disability from the condition can be easily 'fixed'. However, the impact of having a hearing loss cannot be underestimated, particularly if the patient chooses not to have any intervention or if the intervention is inappropriate or unsuccessful. This chapter focuses on the attitudes of people with otosclerosis towards their hearing loss and the impact of this on their lives..."
There has been an explosion of studies in the field of genetic hearing impairment in the past decade, associated with major advances in our understanding of the mechanisms and conditions involved. However, a recent review has highlighted the very limited number of studies on the effects of such hearing impairment on the individuals and families of those concerned.
In The Effects of Genetic Hearing Impairment in the Family, under the aegis of the European Union GENDEAF programme, the editors have taken the first steps to address this deficit in our knowledge and understanding of this topic. The book addresses the problem by secondary analyses of existing large scale population studies, by prospective investigation of individuals with a family history of hearing impairment and by specific studies on patients with otosclerosis and neurofibromatosis 2 and their families.
In addition several chapters look at the specific impact of deaf culture, ethnicity and religion on reactions to deafness and the specific needs in genetic counselling.
This book represents an important first step in this field and should be an invaluable resource for all professionals involved with people with hearing impairments.
Middleton A, Moumoulidis I, Crossland G, Raghu M, Kumar Singh P, Reid E, Axon P (2006) Attitudes of Individuals with Otosclerosis Towards Genetic Technology. In: Stephens D and L Jones (Eds). The Effects of Genetic Hearing Impairment in the Family. London: Wiley, p237-244