Journal article

Exome sequencing in infants with congenital hearing impairment: a population-based cohort study

Lilian Downie, Jane Halliday, Rachel Burt, Sebastian Lunke, Elly Lynch, Melissa Martyn, Zeffie Poulakis, Clara Gaff, Valerie Sung, Melissa Wake, Matthew F Hunter, Kerryn Saunders, Elizabeth Rose, Sharon Lewis, Anna Jarmolowicz, Dean Phelan, Heidi L Rehm, David J Amor

European Journal of Human Genetics | NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2020


Congenital hearing impairment (HI) is the most common sensory impairment and can be isolated or part of a syndrome. Diagnosis through newborn hearing screening and management through early intervention, hearing aids and cochlear implantation is well established in the Australian setting; however understanding the genetic basis of congenital HI has been missing. This population-derived cohort comprised infants with moderate-profound bilateral HI born in the 2016-2017 calendar years, detected through newborn hearing screening. Participants were recruited through an integrated paediatric, otolaryngology and genetics HI clinic and offered whole exome sequencing (WES) on a HiSeq4000 or NextSeq500..

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