What Is Usher’s Syndrome And How Does It Affect Your Hearing?

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If you have hearing problems, whether you are born with them or you acquire problems later in life, it is still devastating and can be difficult to deal with. It is important to The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida) that you are treated with the utmost respect and that you are treated for your hearing issues. We will do everything we can to find the solution for increased comfort and better hearing. There are a variety of hearing problems you can have such as Usher’s Syndrome which can be treated by an ENT doctor. Read below to learn more about this condition.


What Is Usher’s Syndrome?


Usher’s Syndrome is one of the most common conditions that affects not only your hearing but also your vision, so it is imperative that you see a doctor when you are experiencing vision and hearing loss. Along with your hearing loss, Usher’s syndrome may cause you to experience an eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa which causes blindness and loss of your peripheral vision because your retina will degenerate. The retina is crucial for your vision and is a light-sensitive tissue located at the back of your eye. As this condition progresses, you will experience tunnel vision which is when you can only see straight ahead. If you are affected by Usher’s Syndrome, you may have serious balance issues.


There are three different types of usher’s Syndrome, type 1, 2, and 3. Type 1 and 2 are the most common and make up for 90 to 95 percent of people with Usher’s Syndrome. If you feel that you may have this, please contact our audiologist right away to prevent retinitis pigmentosa.


How Will It Affect Your Hearing?


Usher’s Syndrome treated by our ENT doctor can cause severe problems for your hearing. You can have partial or total hearing loss depending on how long you wait to take care of the issue. That is why it is so important that if you experience any symptoms of Usher’s Syndrome, you see a doctor right away to prevent as much permanent damage as possible. The hearing loss is sensorineural which means there are abnormalities in the inner ear.


What Are The Characteristics Of Usher’s Syndrome?


If you have type 1 Usher’s Syndrome, you are born deaf and with balance problems. Most children who have this type do not benefit from hearing aids and if they do, it is very minimal. You should see The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida) to determine the best communication for your child at an early age. If you have type 2 Usher’s Syndrome, you are born with moderate to severe hearing loss with normal balance. The severity of this type of hearing loss varies and children can benefit from hearing aids as well as communicate verbally. Type 3 Usher’s Syndrome allows for children to be born with normal hearing and normal balance. As time goes on, the condition will worsen and but the rate of decline can vary from person to person.

Visit Your ENT Doctor

If you are seeking an ENT doctor to treat Usher’s Syndrome, contact The Hearing Doctors (ENT Associates of South Florida) at 786-420-6660 or visit our website hearingaidsfortlauderdale.com

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