Latest Usher syndrome Stories
People with good hearing also have a keen sense of touch; people with impaired hearing generally have an impaired sense of touch.
Researchers have found long-sought genes in the sensory hair cells of the inner ear that, when mutated, prevent sound waves from being converted to electric signals – a fundamental first step in hearing.
Usher syndrome is the most common form of combined congenital deaf-blindness in humans and affects 1 in 6,000 of the population.
The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a national nonprofit that drives eyesight-saving research, will honor Ophthalmologist and Virginia Eye Institute Founder Anthony D. Sakowski, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., at the Richmond Dining in the Dark event.
Ten years ago, research scientist began trying to understand how a specific feature of a cell called an L-type calcium channel might be related to genetic deafness syndrome.
Using a combination of special techniques to capture specific DNA sequences and high-throughput technology to sequence them, scientists from the Baylor College of Medicine Human Genome Sequencing Center and the University of Iowa developed a test to simultaneously screen more than 50 genes known to cause hearing loss and deafness â€“ a time- and cost-saving analysis that will provide important answers to parents and deaf children in the future.