Author(s): Shanees.E


DOI: 10.52711/2454-2660.2021.00116   

Address: Shanees.E
Associate professor, Manoj Jain Memorial College of Nursing Science & Research Center, Satna, Madhya Pradesh.
*Corresponding Author

Published In:   Volume - 9,      Issue - 4,     Year - 2021

Usher syndrome is a condition that affects both hearing and vision; sometimes it also affects balance. The major symptoms of Usher syndrome are deafness or hearing loss and an eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa (RP). Most children with Usher syndrome are born with moderate to profound hearing loss, depending on the type. Less commonly, hearing loss from Usher syndrome appears during adolescence or later.1 Usher syndrome affects approximately 4 to 17 per 100,000 people,2,3 and accounts for about 50 percent of all hereditary deaf- blindness cases.4 . Usher syndrome is inherited as an autosomal recessive disorder. Usher syndrome is caused by mutations in specific genes. So far, Usher syndrome has been associated with mutations in at least ten genes. There are three types of Usher syndrome, type I, type II and type III 1. Diagnosis of Usher syndrome involves pertinent questions regarding the person’s medical history and testing of hearing, balance, and vision. Early diagnosis is important, as it improves treatment success. Genetic testing may help in diagnosing Usher syndrome. Presently, there is no cure for Usher syndrome. Treatment involves managing hearing, vision, and balance problems. Early diagnosis helps tailor educational programs that consider the severity of hearing and vision loss and a child’s age and ability.1 Usher Syndrome Awareness Day is observed in the third Saturday of September. Usher Syndrome Awareness Day seeks to bring attention and raise awareness of the most common genetic cause of combined deafness and blindness.5

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Shanees.E. Usher syndrome. International Journal of Nursing Education and Research. 2021; 9(4):495-7. doi: 10.52711/2454-2660.2021.00116

Shanees.E. Usher syndrome. International Journal of Nursing Education and Research. 2021; 9(4):495-7. doi: 10.52711/2454-2660.2021.00116   Available on:

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