Children with Waardenburg syndrome (WS) respond well to cochlear
implantation and achieve equally good speech and hearing outcomes as
nonsyndromic children undergoing the same procedure, report researchers.
WS, an inherited genetic disorder, is characterized by abnormal skin, hair, and iris pigmentation, as well as varying degrees of sensorineural hearing loss. Initial research suggests that children with this syndrome have good results after cochlear implantation for profound deafness.