The aim of this book is to provide a description of what is currently known about the genetics of deafness for audiologists, otologists and general genetics. It includes a number of background chapters introducing relevant genetics for audiologists and otologists and relevant aspects of auditory intervention for geneticists. These cover the epidemiology of hearing loss and the current situation with regard to gene identification within the field. Chapters on the common syndromes, eg Ushers, Waardenburg, Pendred, Branchio-otorenal and Treacher Collins are followed by coverage of Dominant, Recessive and x-linked non-syndromal deafness, together with mitrochondial deafness. The final section includes chapters on the genetic, rehabilitative and surgical management of genetic disorders.