Frequently Asked Questions > Pediatric Ear-, Nose-, & Throat-Related Questions > What causes infant hearing loss?

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The most common cause would be due to an ear infection in the middle ear space with resultant fluid. Sound does not travel through fluid as it does through air. Infants may be born with an abnormal ear structure that can result in hearing loss, although this is not very common. Low birth weight, high persistent bilirubin after birth, meningitis or some other viral infections can also result in hearing loss. There may also be a hereditary cause for the loss.

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