Journal article

Retinal microvascular abnormalities and age-related hearing loss: The Blue Mountains hearing study

Gerald Liew, Tien Yin Wong, Paul Mitchell, Philip Newall, Wayne Smith, Jie Jin Wang

EAR AND HEARING | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Microvascular disease may contribute to hearing loss. We tested this hypothesis by examining the relation of retinal microvascular abnormalities and hearing loss. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional, population-based study. We performed retinal photography and pure-tone audiometry on 1511 older individuals (ages 54+ years) from the Blue Mountains Eye Study population. Examination of the retinal microvasculature provides a noninvasive means of assessing systemic microvascular changes associated with cardiovascular disease, especially since reliable methods of quantifying retinal microvascular abnormalities from retinal photographs have recently been developed. Trained graders maske..

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