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Putting a Spotlight On

Each month The Arc of New Jersey Family Institute spotlights a different developmental disability to help build awareness and educate others about the disability. Learn more below.

What is Usher Syndrome?

  • Usher syndrome is a condition that affects both hearing and vision. It causes eye disease and deafness. It may also cause balance problems. There are 3 types of Usher Syndrome, Types 1 and 2 are the most common.

What are the signs/symptoms?

  • Symptoms include:
    • deafness or hearing loss
    • retinitis pigmentosa (RP) - an eye disease
  • In children:
    • Trouble moving around in the dark
    • Taking longer to adjust to lighting changes
    • Tripping over objects in their path
  • In adults:
    • Trouble walking, reading, and driving

What is Usher Syndrome a result of?

  • Usher syndrome is a result of changes in genes, or gene mutations. Each type of Usher Syndrome can be caused by different gene mutations.

What are the complications of Usher Syndrome?

  • Symptoms of Usher Syndrome tend to get worse over time
  • Can lead to deafness or blindness
  • Babies born with Type 1 may experience balance problems which may cause delays in their ability to sit or walk by themselves. They also may need help with any balance related activity.


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