Age-related hearing loss is a multifactorial disease and besides aging as most important risk factor, it is also associated with gender, diabetes mellitus, a higher blood pressure, a higher BMI, smoking, alcohol intake, educational level and worse quality of the brain white matter. Three hypotheses are discussed in this thesis; either hearing loss affects the brain (sensory-deprivation hypothesis), or brain changes affect the hearing (central-component hypothesis), or mutual factors lead to both (common-cause hypothesis).

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R.J. Baatenburg de Jong (Robert Jan)
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Rigters, S.C. (2021, December 14). Peripheral and Central Aspects of Age-related Hearing Loss. Erasmus University Rotterdam. Retrieved from