Usher syndrome is a condition that about four out of every 100,000 babies in the U.S. are born with. The condition affects both hearing and vision. There is currently no cure for Usher syndrome, but supportive devices and treatment may serve to improve a child’s quality of life and mitigate limitations.
Usher Syndrome Is Hereditary
Usher syndrome occurs when both parents are carriers of a specific gene mutation. At the present time, doctors are not able to accurately perform genetic testing that will identify the gene responsible for causing Usher syndrome. Carriers of the gene that causes Usher syndrome do not suffer from any health conditions that indicate that there is a gene mutation, so there is no surefire way to detect the condition in advance.