Deaf-Blindness

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Deaf-Blindness

Deaf-Blindness refers to the loss of both vision and hearing. Vision or hearing losses may vary from person to person. Hearing loss may occur at birth or develop later in life from a variety of cases such as infection, injury or natural aging. Someone experiencing hearing loss may find it difficult to follow a conversation or distinguish a voice from background noise. Similarly, loss of sight may occur at birth or develop gradually from eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma and retinopathy. Loss of sight may cause eye pain, blurred vision, reduced night vision and sensitivity to bright lights. A physician can diagnose deaf-blindness through routine eye and ear examinations. Treatments for some eye conditions are available and may include eye drops or laser surgery. Many helpful devices and educational tools exist to aid people experiencing deaf-blindness, including hearing aids, microphones, special glasses, sign language and the Braille writing system. Furthermore, affected individuals go on to live full and healthy lives.

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Deaf-Blindness" for support, advocacy or research.

Usher Syndrome Coalition

The Usher Syndrome Coalition's mission is to raise awareness and accelerate research for the most common cause of combined deafness and blindness. The Coalition also provides information and support to individuals and families affected by Usher syndrome.

Last Updated: 31 Oct 2014

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Fibrous Dysplasia Foundation

The Fibrous Dysplasia Foundation provides information, advocacy and support for patients, medical professionals and the general public and promote research for diagnosis, treatment and a cure for Fibrous Dysplasia (FD) and McCune-Albright's Syndrome (MAS), Cherubism and related diseases. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for affected individuals and their families.

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

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National Consortium On Deaf-Blindness

Our goal is to help parents, teachers, and others by providing them with information to foster the skills, strategies and confidence necessary to nurture and empower deaf-blind children.

Last Updated: 16 Oct 2012

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Deaf-Blindness" for support, advocacy or research.

Usher Syndrome Coalition

The Usher Syndrome Coalition's mission is to raise awareness and accelerate research for the most common cause of combined deafness and blindness. The Coalition also provides information and support to individuals and families affected by Usher syndrome.

http://www.usher-syndrome.org

Last Updated: 31 Oct 2014

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Fibrous Dysplasia Foundation

The Fibrous Dysplasia Foundation provides information, advocacy and support for patients, medical professionals and the general public and promote research for diagnosis, treatment and a cure for Fibrous Dysplasia (FD) and McCune-Albright's Syndrome (MAS), Cherubism and related diseases. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for affected individuals and their families.

http://www.fibrousdysplasia.org/

Last Updated: 12 Dec 2012

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National Consortium On Deaf-Blindness

Our goal is to help parents, teachers, and others by providing them with information to foster the skills, strategies and confidence necessary to nurture and empower deaf-blind children.

http://nationaldb.org

Last Updated: 16 Oct 2012

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Scientific Literature

Articles from the PubMed Database

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The terms "Deaf-Blindness" returned 1 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

dyschronic, a Drosophila homolog of a deaf-blindness gene, regulates circadian output and Slowpoke channels.
 

Author(s): James E C Jepson, Mohammad Shahidullah, Angelique Lamaze, Drew Peterson, Huihui Pan, Kyunghee Koh

Journal: PLoS Genet.. 2012 ;8(4):e1002671.

 

Many aspects of behavior and physiology are under circadian control. In Drosophila, the molecular clock that regulates rhythmic patterns of behavior has been extensively characterized. In contrast, genetic loci involved in linking the clock to alterations in motor activity have remained ...

Last Updated: 25 Apr 2012

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Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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There are currently no open clinical trials for this condition.