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Autism could be detected at birth with a simple hearing test, suggests study

One in 100 people in the UK are affected by autism, with boys being four times more likely to have it than girls.

And while symptoms are believed to be present in infancy, many parents may not notice their child has the condition until the age of two or three years. Sometimes the diagnosis comes much later.

A new study by scientists at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pennsylvania suggests the signs or autism may be detected as soon as at birth.

Autism could be detected at birth with a simple hearing test, suggests study

Scientists believe autism could be detected at birth with a hearing test

Researchers believe they may be able to detect the symptoms of autism by testing a baby’s sensitivity and response times to a wide range of frequencies through a reflex and hearing test.

Babies do receive a hearing test at birth, but these other tests look at the different sensitivities a baby has.

Autism could be detected at birth with a simple hearing test, suggests study

“Often people with autism suffer from hypersensitivity, meaning even relatively quiet sounds can feel like overwhelming noise,” says Randy Kulesza, professor of anatomy at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Experts believe that earlier detection could mean earlier treatment.

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Kulesza adds: ”If parents and physicians understand that from the start, they can work to acclimatise the child’s sensitivity and make his or her experience of the world much less intense and frightening.”

More about autism

The NHS estimates that one in every 100 person in the UK is autistic. More boys and men are diagnosed with autism than girls and women.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (autism) is most prevalent among children aged 5 to 14.

Autism can cause an array of symptoms which can range from mild to severe.

Typically symptoms include difficulty with social interaction, impaired communication skills and repetitive behavioural patterns.

One of the major concerns with autism however, is that diagnosis is usually not determined until later on in life. Currently, the earliest that children can be diagnosed is at the age of two.

There is no one clear known cause for the disorder.

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