Aetiologies of acquired deafblindness in a national sample

Jonas Henau Teglbjærg*, Hanna Birkbak Hovaldt, Christine Marie Lehane, Dammeyer Jesper

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Abstrakt

The present study provides an overview of aetiologies and co-morbidities of acquired deafblindness in a Danish national sample of 514 individuals above 50 years of age identified with acquired deafblindness. Information was obtained from a survey and a register. The most frequent aetiology of vision loss was age-related macular degeneration (55.4%). The most frequent aetiology of hearing loss was presbycusis (53.7%). The most frequent aetiology of acquired deafblindness was the combination of age-related macular degeneration and presbycusis (41.5%). However, among the younger participants (50–59 years of age), Usher syndrome was the most common aetiology (62.5%). The aetiologies of acquired deafblindness are many and constituted by several different combinations of hearing and vision loss aetiologies. The most frequent aetiologies are age related.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftBritish Journal of Visual Impairment
Vol/bind36
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)175-189
ISSN0264-6196
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2018
Udgivet eksterntJa

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