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Genetic deafness consultation

What is genetic deafness?

Deafness is the most common sensory deficit; it affects 1 in 1000 children at birth, 1 in 700 children before adulthood and a large percentage of the adult population. Deafness is therefore not rare, but it includes a large group of rare diseases of genetic origin. It is currently estimated that 80% of childhood deafness has a genetic origin. The genetic share of deafness appearing in adulthood remains to be determined but is likely to be significant. More than 100 different genetic forms are currently identified in isolated deafnesses and more than 500 different syndromes including deafness have already been described.


Genetic deafness explained to children



Document d'information sur la consultation de surdités génétiques pour les enfants

Brochure « La consultation de génétique de votre enfant »


What are the expert centres?

There are expert centres in France for genetic deafness :Genetic deafness logo

3 reference centres :

  • Hôpital Necker- Enfants Malades, site dedicated to children, Dr Sandrine Marlin.
  • La Pitié Salpetrière Hospital, site dedicated to adults, Dr Isabelle Mosnier.
  • Lille University Hospital, Dr Catherine Vincent-Delorme.

20 centres of expertise spread throughout metropolitan France and Reunion Island are also attached to them.


See the page dedicated to the Genetic Deafness centres


Taking proper care of deaf or hearing-impaired people in a medical setting



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Deafness Cards



HandiConnect has published 7 tip sheets on hearing disability to guide healthcare professionals in their daily practice with deaf or hearing-impaired patients.



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RogerVoice facilitates conversations for the deaf and hearing-impaired people and opens up a world of possibilities.




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Urgence 114



Le 114 est un numéro d’appel d’urgence pour les personnes sourdes et malentendantes. Ce numéro unique, national, gratuit est accessible par visiophonie, tchat, SMS ou fax, 24H/24, 7J/7.





Plus d'informations sur Urgence 114


Charities and structures


Surdi Info


Surdi Info is a service for both parents who learn that their child is deaf or hearing-impaired and people who discover that they are losing their hearing.



Website Surdi Info



Fondation pour l'Audition


The Fondation Pour l'Audition aims to unite talents to advance the cause of hearing and help deaf and hearing-impaired people to live better every day.


Website Fondation pour l'Audition


Association nationale de la Langue française Parlée Complétée (ALPC)


French Association for the Promotion and Development of the Cued Speech.



Website ALPC



Association AIFIC 


For all people, implanted or not, who are interested in this surgical technique which has revolutionised the lives of people who are deaf or hearing-impaired.


Website AIFIC





L'oeil et la main - Thérapie génique, enquête sur un futur proche


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