Diabetic woman using a flash glucose monitor.

You may be acquainted with the numerous aspects contributing to hearing loss, like the impact of getting older, genetic predisposition within families, or extended exposure to loud noises. But the link between hearing loss and diabetes isn’t as well known. Let’s dig a little bit deeper into that.

How does diabetes increase your risk of hearing loss?

As per the CDC, 9% or 37 million people in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes, and this prevalence increases with age. Hearing loss is twice as prevalent in individuals with diabetes compared to those who don’t have the condition. Even in pre-diabetics, constituting 133 million Americans, the rate of hearing loss is 30% higher than in individuals with normal blood sugar levels.

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

The lack of diabetes control induces chronic high blood pressure, leading to damage to the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, nerves, and eyes.

Signs you may be dealing with hearing loss

Hearing loss frequently occurs gradually and can go undetected if you aren’t actively paying attention. In many situations, friends and co-workers might observe the problem before you identify it.

Some indicative signs of hearing loss include:

  • Constantly needing people to repeat what they said
  • Struggling in noisy restaurants
  • Keeping the TV volume at a high level
  • Feeling like people are mumbling when they talk
  • Difficulty hearing on the phone

If you experience any of these difficulties or if somebody points out changes in your hearing, it’s important to consult with us. We will perform a hearing exam that will establish a baseline for future assessments and also address any balance-related concerns.

Be proactive if you have diabetes

Getting an annual hearing exam is important, and that’s particularly true for somebody who has diabetes.

Keep your blood sugar levels within the desired range.

Steer clear of loud noises and safeguard your ears by wearing earplugs.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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