OBJECTIVES OF THE GENDEAF NETWORK:




     (1) classes of HI with the highest prevalence and social impact, such as: prevalence of mutations in the Cx26 (the most frequent cause of non-syndromic autosomal recessive HI) in myosin VIIA and in individuals with Usher syndrome.

(2) phenotypic criteria for recognizing subgroups of non-syndromic HI, pathogenic models of aminoglycoside/ototoxicity and other forms of mitochondrial deafness.

(3) Psychosocial impact of genetic HI on individuals and families is investigated.

A bulletin targeted to patients and their families will be available on-line.

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