Did you know? Diabetes is a highly prevalent and chronic disease. In the U.S., it is estimated that 29 million people have diabetes and 8.1 million are not yet diagnosed.
As stated by the American Diabetes Association:
“Diabetes and hearing loss are two of America’s most widespread health concerns. 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.“
Hearing loss occurs almost twice as often in adults who have diabetes than in those that don’t. With all the daily challenges associated with having diabetes or taking care of someone who does, the ability to communicate effectively is essential.
Research indicates high blood sugar levels may damage the inner ear’s small blood vessels and nerves, reducing the ability to hear well. While more people are familiar with how circulatory issues affect heart health, it is also imperative to know how they can impact hearing function.
The American Diabetes Association suggests there are many practical things those with this prevalent disease can do to make their lives easier. These include focusing on nutrition, fitness, medications such as insulin and community support. As you consider the importance of these lifestyle habits…
Do you have diabetes or a family history that may increase your risk of diabetes-related hearing loss? Please see us for periodic evaluations to determine your type and degree of hearing loss. In close coordination with your other medical providers, we will suggest healthy options to improve your quality of life.
Whole person care matters and optimal hearing will improve your ability to communicate with all those involved in your diabetes care. Please see us soon and take control of your hearing, just as you do your diabetes. We provide the hearing health wellness information you need and personal touch you deserve, for life.