An autosomal recessive disorder characterized by congenital sensorineural hearing loss in association with thyroid goiter. The disorder may account for up to 10% of the cases of hereditary deafness. The deafness is most often associated with a Mondini cochlear defect. Deafness occurs early, starting at birth or during the first years of life. It is bilateral, sometimes asymmetrical, fluctuant and often progressive. Thyroid perturbations, such as thyroid goiter and/or hypothyroidism appear most commonly during adolescence, but they can be congenital or appear later.
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