Usher Syndrome

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Usher Syndrome



The definition of this disorder is the most common condition that affects both hearing and vision. A syndrome is a disease or disorder that has more than one feature or symptom. The major symptoms of Usher syndrome are hearing loss and an eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa, or RP.

The tests and procedures that are done are to diagnose this disorder are evaluation of the three senses hearing, balance and vision. The tests that are done for vison may include a visual field test, electroretinogram to, measure electrical response of the eyes sensitive cells and retinal examination for retinal and other structures for the back of the eye. For hearing they measure how long it takes for a loud sound at range takes before a person can hear them. For balance electronystagmogram measures eye movements that could show balance problems.

Usher Syndrome

Some signs of this symptom is hearing loss, bad balance, and vision loss. The person who is commonly affected by this disorder is children. The allele mutation that causes this disorder is inherited, that means that it’s passed from parents to kids through genes.

The treatments that are currently being tried are hearing aids, assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, American Sign Language; orientation and mobility training; and communication services and independent-living training that may include Braille instruction, low-vision services, or auditory training.A.Two careers a person who is interested in Usher syndrome might consider are Clinical Geneticist and Genetic Nurse. Clinical Geneticist make diagnosis that are based on clinical examination that are on their patient. Clinical Geneticists also make lots of tests confirming the diagnosis and in cases of disorders they need to recognize the diagnosis. Clinical geneticist needs to interpret the results and making treatment.Genetic nurses will need to aid patients in changing their lifestyle behaviors they do this to improve their health and effects of chronic illness. Genetic nurses will also need to identify strategies to reduce their health disparities. The last thing they need to do is be able to harnessing technologies to serve the human needs and the end of life experience for their patients and families.


There is no cure for usher syndrome but some ophthalmologists believe that a high dose of vitamin A palmitate may slow, but not halt, the progression of retinitis pigmentosa.




Some adaptions people with usher syndrome must learn are to use a walking stick, balance and to read mouths since usher syndrome affects balance, hearing and vision. There is support for parents. The Megan Foundation supports children and parents. They are currently working on support programs for people who have this syndrome. The Megan Foundation started in 2008 after Megan’s diagnosis and finding lack of information and resources available for those that had usher syndrome. The Meagan Foundation had donated over $100,000 in support with those who have usher syndrome.

Also known as Hallgren Syndrome

There is a 1 in 4 chance of having a child with usher syndrome There is a 2 and 4 chance of being a carrier.There is a 1 in 4 chance of having a child that does not have usher syndrome and not being a carrier.

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