Out of the one in five hundred children born with moderate-to-profound, congenital, or early-onset deafness, more than 50 percent have this condition due to a genetic cause (Morton and Nance 2006). Therefore, within the UK there are under a hundred thousand people with a genetic or an inherited form of deafness or hearing loss; within the United States this number reaches several hundred thousand. Several hundred genes involved with deafness have been identified (Smith and Van Camp 2009), and it is now possible for Deaf and hard of hearing adults to explore the genetic basis of their deafness and find out what the chances are of passing this on to their children.
|Translated title of the contribution||Views, Knowledge and Beliefs about Genetics and Genetic Counselling amongst Deaf people|
|Pages (from-to)||170 - 196|
|Number of pages||27|
|Journal||Sign Language Studies|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2010|