New research confirms that people with Diabetes are at higher risk for impaired hearing. A study showed that participants who were Diabetic and under the age of 60 were 2.6 times more likely to have impaired hearing. While not proven, it may be that poor blood sugar control damages blood vessels and nerves which impact hearing. In one national sample of Americans, close to half of adults with diabetes had some degree of hearing loss compared with about 20 percent of their diabetes-free counterparts. Diabetes is tied to a range of complications, including heart disease, kidney failure, vision loss and now hearing loss.
While Diabetics tend to visit their doctor regularly and have their blood sugar checked, the physicians rarely ask about hearing. Doctors focus instead on bigger-picture things such as overall blood sugar control, diet and weight control. Don’t wait for your doctor to ask about your hearing; if you are diabetic have your hearing checked today!
For more information, check out this article from Health Magazine.