Diagnosing & Treating Usher Syndrome
At UPMC we are experienced in caring for patients of all ages with Usher syndrome in Williamsport and Bloomsburg, offering personalized and compassionate care that helps return people to an active lifestyle.
While there is no cure for Usher syndrome, the audiology team at UPMC offers a wide array of treatments that are very effective at minimizing symptoms. To learn more about this condition, or to make an appointment with an audiologist, Find a Provider at UPMC.
What is Usher Syndrome?
Usher syndrome, or Ushers disease, is an inherited condition passed down in families. It involves a loss of hearing and vision. The hearing loss may range from mild to complete. The loss of vision, called retinitis pigmentosa, causes damage to retinas of the eyes that happens slowly over time. Usher syndrome is the most common childhood condition that impacts both hearing and vision.
Usher Syndrome Symptoms
If you have Usher syndrome, your symptoms will depend on the specific type of syndrome you have.
Generally, symptoms of Usher syndrome may include:
- Problems with balance
- Problems with eyesight or blindness
- Problems with hearing or deafness
Eyesight problems are caused by retinitis pigmentosa, which refers to a group of eye diseases that result in a gradual loss of eyesight. Speak with an experienced provider at UPMC Susquehanna if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
Usher Syndrome Causes
Usher syndrome is caused when the syndrome is passed down from parents to a child. A child has a one-in-four chance of inheriting Usher syndrome if both parents have the abnormal gene.
Diagnosing Usher Syndrome
Doctors at Susquehanna Health may perform the following tests to diagnose Usher syndrome:
- Electronystagmography (ENG)
- Electroretinography (ERG)
- Eye exam
- Hearing evaluation
- Vision testing
Once your child is diagnosed, genetic testing will help determine the type of Usher syndrome he or she has developed.
Usher Syndrome Treatment
Depending on your child’s age, symptoms, overall health and severity of his or her condition, your doctor may recommend the following treatments for Usher syndrome:
- Cochlear implants
- Counseling (support for a long-term health problem)
- Hearing aids
- Hearing or auditory training
- Low vision support
- Orientation and mobility training to help with balance
- Speech, physical, and occupational therapy
At UPMC, our audiologists specialize in complete care to evaluate, diagnose and treat hearing disorders like Usher syndrome. If you or a loved one has a child with this condition, our team of trained experts can help your child achieve an optimal level of health and well-being.
UPMC provides comprehensive care for Usher syndrome in Williamsport, PA, and the surrounding areas.