Diabetes & Hearing Loss
If you have diabetes then you should have your hearing evaluated.
Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes compared to those without. It is very likely that you will have hearing loss that should be treated. Adults whose blood glucose is higher than normal but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis, have a 30 percent higher rate of hearing loss compared to those with normal blood sugar.
According to the American Diabetes Association “Nearly 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and an estimated 34.5 million have some type of hearing loss. Those are large groups of people, and it appears there is a lot of overlap between the two.”
Right now we don’t know how diabetes is related to hearing loss. It’s possible that the high blood glucoselevels associated with diabetes cause damage to the small blood vesselsin the inner ear, similar to the way in which diabetes can damage the eyes and the kidneys. But more research needs to be done to discover why people with diabetes have a higher rate of hearing loss.
Since it can happen slowly, the symptoms of hearing loss can often be hard to notice. In fact, family members and friends sometimes notice the hearing loss before the person experiencing it.
Although hearing loss is a natural part of aging, there are certain conditions that increase your risk for this condition. See blow for articles and videos about this topic.