Hearing loss and goitre?

Has there been any research into identifying a gene responsible for hearing loss and goitre?
The person is 46yrs, hard of hearing, wears hearing aids and with normal speech.  How will the person quality of life be affected following surgery to remove the goitre?
What consideration are needed before deciding on surgery, i.e. go with the NHS or Private.
Advice will be much appreciated.
  • Hi Bonnycute 

    Thank you for your post.

    Pendred syndrome is a condition in which affected people to lose their hearing as children, and often develop thyroid problems, such as goitre, later in life. It’s caused by mutations in a gene called SLC26A4, or pendrin. I’m not sure from the information given whether that is the cause of this person’s hearing loss/goitre, but there is a lot more information about Pendred syndrome here: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/pendred-syndrome

     In addition, an underactive thyroid gland, or hypothyroidism, can cause both hearing loss and goitre – there’s more information about this on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/underactive-thyroid-hypothyroidism/

    We can’t give out medical advice, so we can’t advise on your question about surgery, but there is some information about that on the NHS page about goitre: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/goitre/

    The only advice we can really give is for them to speak to their GP about this, who will be able to help them to get a diagnosis, and advise them on the treatments available.

    Best wishes

    Jess