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QUESTION: Dear Michael

1. Is it possible that there could be Eye Birth defect in a child
where the child can have vision of only one eye ?. i.e. Child born with vision of only one eye. He/she cannot see with the other eye.

2.Is it possible that there could be Ear Birth defect in a child
where the child can hear with only one ear ?. i.e. Child born with able only to hear with only one ear. He/she cannot hear with the other ear.

Also it is possible that an adult can hear only with one ear i.e. Adult who was able to hear with both ears at birth is able to hear with only one ear. i.e. Has become Deaf with only one ear. Able to Hear with other ear. This may had happened due to ear related infections, diseases etc ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: Hello and Thank you for your questions.

The answer is YES to all three questions.
There are many different birth defects that can affect vision and hearing only on one side.
It is also possible for an adult to have something go wrong with one ear and to lose hearing in that ear. There are many possibilities - this may be due to infection like meningitis during childhood, or trauma, or perhaps even a mass like schwannoma along the nerve that governs hearing.  It may also be of unknown cause; perhaps related to viral illness. There needs to be an extensive work up to figure out what may have caused it.

Hope this is somewhat helpful.


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QUESTION: Dear Dr Michael

A Baby born with this defect i.e.

1. Able to have vision only with one eye (Left or right). Able to hear with both ears.
2. Able to hear only with one ear (Left or right). Able to see with both eyes.
3. Able to see and hear both with one eye and one ear. (i.e. Either with Right eye/Right ear OR Left eye/Left ear)

Do you feel for the above Defect/Syndrome/Disorder, Can Vaccines be created
in future and can be given to a Pregnant woman so that this defect/s can be avoided after child birth ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

If the defects are from genetic causes then vaccines will not help.
If the defects are thought to be due to infection or virus carried by the mother then potentially vaccines may be helpful when administered to the mother.
A lot of supplements and vitamins are recommended to pregnant women to reduce possibility of birth defects. for central nervous system - follic acid is very good.

Hope this is helpful.



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