What is Waardenburg syndrome?|
Waardenburg syndrome is a group of genetic conditions that can cause hearing loss and changes in coloring (pigmentation) of the hair, skin, and eyes. Although most people with Waardenburg syndrome have normal hearing, moderate to profound hearing loss can occur in one or both ears. People with this condition often have very pale blue eyes or different colored eyes, such as one blue eye and one brown eye. Sometimes one eye has segments of two different colors. Distinctive hair coloring (such as a patch of white hair or hair that prematurely turns gray) is anoth
How common is Waardenburg syndrome?
Waardenburg syndrome affects an estimated 1 in 10,000 to 20,000 people. In schools for the deaf, 2 percent to 3 percent of students have this condition. Types I and II are the most common forms of Waardenburg syndrome, while types III and IV are rare.