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Genetic predisposition, aging, and extended exposure to loud sound are all common factors that can contribute to hearing loss. However, you might find it intriguing to discover the connection between diabetes and hearing impairment. Let us elaborate.

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

As per the CDC, 9% or 37 million individuals in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes, and this prevalence increases with age. Hearing loss is two times as prevalent in people with diabetes in comparison to individuals without the condition. 133 million Americans are pre-diabetic and even they have a 30% increased risk of developing hearing loss than individuals whose blood sugar is normal.

Diabetes can result in nerve damage across various bodily areas, including the hands, feet, eyes, kidneys, and ears. The deterioration of the small blood vessels inside of your ears can be increased by high blood sugar levels. In contrast, 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 triggers persistent high blood pressure, causing damage to the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, nerves, and eyes.

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

If you’re not actively monitoring the condition of your hearing, hearing loss can gradually sneak up on you. It’s not uncommon for people around you to notice your hearing loss before you notice it.

Some suggestive signs of hearing loss include:

  • Constantly needing people to repeat what they said
  • Always having to turn up the volume of your devices and TV
  • Perceiving others as mumbling
  • Struggling in loud restaurants
  • Trouble following phone conversations

It’s essential to call us for a consultation if you observe any of these signs or if someone points out your hearing changes. We will perform a hearing exam that will establish a baseline for future assessments and also deal with any balance-related concerns.

Be proactive if your navigating diabetes

We encourage all individuals with diabetes to get an annual hearing check.

Maintain your blood sugar levels within the desired range.

Avoid loud noises and safeguard your ears by using earplugs.

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