Alport syndrome

Alport syndrome

Photo of hearing aids with  Alport syndrome awareness bracelet

ON TREND | Alport Syndrome Awareness: Hearing Loss Caused by Kidney Disease

Remember the words Alport syndrome from your textbooks? Perhaps this seemed an attempt to stump you on an exam. As an audiologist and Alport patient with hearing loss, I hope to emphasize the role audiologists can play in helping provide critical early diagnosis for patients. 

Alport syndrome is a rare, genetic renal disease, often accompanied by hearing loss. The mechanism of hearing loss remains understudied. Misdiagnosis is common. Recent research suggests Alport syndrome may be more common than initially thought.

Topic(s): Alport syndrome, Hearing Loss