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How does Usher syndrome affect the body?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Usher syndrome affects a child's hearing, vision, and balance. The vision loss of Usher syndrome results from retinitis pigmentosa (RP). As the RP progresses, the child's vision narrows, until they are left with only central vision.

Children with Usher syndrome may be born deaf or experience progressive hearing loss starting in their teen years. They might also have mild to severe balance problems that cause problems with walking.

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