Vision Loss and Hearing Loss

 the iris, cornea, pupil, lens, retina, fovea, macula, optic nerve and vitreous gel The auditory system

Age related hearing loss, or presbycusis is a type of hearing loss that is permanent in nature, and is related to changes in the inner ear.  Age related vision loss, or presbyopia, is a condition that affects the ability of the eyes to focus on objects up close, and is related to changes with the refraction of the eyes.

Did you know that dual sensory loss can negatively impact quality of life?  This can influence one’s emotional, physical and social functioning.  According to a study by Heine and Browning in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, “it is estimated that by 2030, as many as 14 million older U.S. adults will develop dual sensory loss”.

If you have concerns about your or a loved one’s vision or hearing, it is important to talk with your hearing and vision professionals about these concerns.  Yearly diagnostic screenings can help with early identification of vision and hearing loss, but also monitor previously diagnosed vision and hearing loss.  Vision and hearing healthcare professionals can also determine a treatment plan to help improve quality of life.

For more information on vision and vision disorders, please visit the National Eye Institute website at: www.nei.nih.gov.

For more information about hearing and balance disorders, please visit the National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders website at: www.nidcd.nih.gov.

References:

  1. Heine and Browning: Mental health and dual sensory loss in older adults: a systematic review. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 2014.
  2. Vreeken et al: Dual sensory loss: development of dual sensory loss protocol and design of a randomized controlled trial. BMC Geriatrics 2013 13:84.
  3.  National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders. Presbycusis. www.nidcd.nih.gov/glossary/presbycusis.
  4. National Eye Institute. Presbyopia. https://www.nei.nih.gov/health/presbyopia.

Images from:

  1. https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/age-related-hearing-loss
  2. https://www.nei.nih.gov/health/eyediagram

 

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