The soap actors shared that their children acquire the rare genetic condition because both Jordon and Norton were carriers of the Usher’s Syndrome gene.
Walking about it to Hello! magazine, Norton said: “Knowing that we’d passed this on to our son was heartbreaking.”
Jordon, meanwhile, is planning to lobby MPs in Parliament in the coming days to raise awareness of the condition and campaign for funding.
But what exactly is Usher’s Syndrome, what are its symptoms, and can it be treated? Here is everything we know.
What is Usher’s Syndrome?
Usher’s Syndrome is a rare genetic disease that impacts hearing and vision, causing deafness or partial hearing loss and an eye disease known as retinitis pigmentosa.
People who acquire the syndrome are born with it, but they usually only acquire diagnosed as children or teenagers.
What are the symptoms of Usher’s Syndrome?
There are three types of Usher’s Syndrome and each type has its own set of symptoms.
Those with Type 1 experience profound hearing loss or deafness at birth, lose night vision by the age of 10, lose their vision severely by midlife, and suffer from balance problems that interfere with activities like walking and sitting up.
People with Type 2 acquire moderate to severe hearing loss in early childhood, loss of night vision by teenage years, with severe vision loss by midlife, but acquire normal balance.
Lastly, those with Type 3 Usher’s Syndrome display almost all of the same symptoms as Type 2 but start to lose their hearing in childhood instead.
The sight issues, stemming from retinitis pigmetosa, include distress moving around in the unlit, taking longer to adjust to changes in light, and tripping over objects in their path.
How is Usher’s Syndrome treated and is there a cure?
Unfortunately, as it stands, there is no cure for Usher’s Syndrome. However, there are some early treatments that can succor those with the condition produce the best of their hearing and sight.
Low-vision aids and vision-rehabilitation services are used to succor people with their sight. Also, some studies suggest that Vitamin A may tedious the development of retinitis pigmentosa in some patients.
As for hearing problems, hearing aids, assistive-listening devices, and cochlear implants are some of the treatments used to succor patients hear better.
Children may also be encouraged to learn sign dialect and Braille to equip themselves with more methods of communication.