Diabetic woman using a flash glucose monitor.

You might be familiar with the various aspects contributing to hearing loss, such as the impact of aging, genetic predisposition within families, or prolonged exposure to loud sounds. But the connection between hearing loss and diabetes isn’t as widely known. Let us elaborate.

How is your risk of developing hearing loss raised by diabetes?

The prevalence of diabetes increases as you get older, and 37 million individuals, or 9% of the United States population, have this condition according to the CDC. And if you have diabetes, you’re two times as likely to experience hearing loss. Even in pre-diabetics, constituting 133 million Americans, the degree of hearing loss is 30% higher than in people with normal blood sugar levels.

Various body regions can be affected by diabetes: kidneys, hands, feet, eyes, and even ears. Elevated blood sugar levels can cause the deterioration of small blood vessels and nerves in the inner ears. Conversely, low blood sugar levels can interrupt the transmission of nerve signals from the inner ear to the brain. Worsened hearing loss can be the result of both situations.

The lack of diabetes management triggers persistent high blood pressure, leading to damage to the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, nerves, and eyes.

You may have hearing loss if you detect any of these signs

Hearing loss often occurs slowly and can go undetected if you’re not actively paying attention. It’s not unusual for people around you to observe your hearing loss before you notice it.

Here are a few signs of hearing loss:

  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
  • Having a tough time hearing in loud places
  • Always having to turn the volume up on your devices and TV
  • Perceiving others as mumbling
  • Difficulty hearing on the phone

If you notice any of these challenges or if somebody points out changes in your hearing, it’s essential to consult with us. We will carry out a hearing examination that will establish a baseline for future assessments and also deal with any balance-related challenges.

Be proactive if you have diabetes

We encourage all individuals who has diabetes to get a yearly hearing test.

Maintain control of your blood sugar levels.

Utilize ear protection and avoid overly loud situations.

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