• Hearing loss is extremely common in Down syndrome
  • Poor hearing can have a major impact on development of language, behaviour and social functioning
  • It is essential that all people with Down syndrome have regular screening for hearing loss
  • Conductive hearing loss, due to glue ear is most frequently encountered in children but may persist into adulthood
  • Age related hearing loss is more common in those with Down syndrome , and occurs more frequently and at a younger age than in the general population
  • Grommets play a part in management of glue ear in Down syndrome , but benefit may be short-lived
  • Hearing aids can be very effectively used by children and adults with Down syndrome

DSMIG Guidance

Best Practice Guidance For The Management Of Hearing Issues In People With Down Syndrome

DSMIG guidance

Last updated: June 2017

Presentations at DSMIG Meetings

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Additional Resources

Down’s syndrome and childhood deafness  Joint publication by National Deaf Children’s Society, DSMIG and the DSA

Surgical Management of Otitis Media with effusion in Children. NICE (2008) National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Clinical guideline 60.

Early hearing loss and language abilities in children with Down syndrome.Laws G, Hall A. Int J Lang Commun Disord. 2014 Mar 21. doi: 10.1111/1460-6984.12077

Book Chapter – Hearing Issues

Emma McNeill, Patrick Sheehan and Liz Marder

ds-current-perspectives-book-coverDown Syndrome – Current Perspectives

Edited by Richard Newton , Shiela Puri and Liz Marder