Macular Degeneration Linked To Hearing Loss


Macular degeneration has been linked to hearing loss in a recent study in Turkey.  All subjects were fifty or older and had eye and hearing examinations.  Analysis between fifty macular degeneration subjects was compared to forty-three normal subjects.  The macular degeneration group reported 50% mild, 20% moderate, and 6% severe hearing loss.  The normal group reported 35% mild, 5% moderate, and none with severe vision loss.  Further analysis showed greater hearing loss in subjects with dry macular degeneration vs wet macular degeneration.  Researchers concluded age-related hearing loss is more common in those with macular degeneration.

By Dr. Cook, O.D.

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