Deafness in children is alarming and a cause of worry to near and dear ones. EBM documents that serious hearing impairment is found in one in 800 newborns. Amongst the 50 percent of permanent childhood deafness, 30 percent is syndromic and is thought to be because of abnormal genetic makeup. Syndromic cases of deafness are more accurately diagnosed by the associated additional features of the syndrome. Waardenburg syndrome is a rare, autosomally inherited disorder with distinct clinical manifestations of dystopia canthorum, white forelock, congenital hearing loss and heterochromia iridis.
: Vini Balakrishnan