Usher syndrome is the most common genetic condition that affects both hearing and vision. In the United States, about four babies in 100,000 are born with it. The National Institutes of Health (NIH), which conducts and sponsors research on Usher syndrome, has created a new website devoted to Usher syndrome at www.ushersyndrome.nih.gov. The design of the site is simple and uses large type to ease readability for people with low vision. The new Web site offers basic facts about Usher syndrome, resources for patients and families, information on clinical studies, and resources for scientists.
The new website is a joint effort of the National Eye Institute and the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, both components of NIH.