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Genetic predisposition, aging, and extended exposure to loud sound are all familiar factors that can contribute to hearing loss. But the link between hearing loss and diabetes isn’t as well known. Allow us to elaborate.

How does diabetes raise 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 rises with age. And if you have diabetes, you’re two times as likely to experience hearing loss. Even in pre-diabetics, constituting 133 million Americans, the rate of hearing loss is 30% higher than in people with normal blood sugar levels.

A variety of body regions can be affected by diabetes: kidneys, hands, feet, eyes, and even ears. Elevated blood sugar levels can lead to the deterioration of small blood vessels and nerves in the inner ears. And on the other end of the spectrum, the transmission of nerve signals from the inner ear can be interrupted by low blood sugar. Worsened hearing loss can be the result of both scenarios.

Damage to the kidneys, heart, nerves, eyes, and blood vessels can be caused by chronic high blood pressure resulting from uncontrolled diabetes.

Signs you may have hearing loss

Hearing loss often develops slowly and can go unnoticed if you aren’t actively paying attention. It’s not unusual for people around you to notice your hearing loss before you become aware of it.

Here are a few signs of hearing loss:

  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
  • Perceiving others as mumbling
  • Always needing to crank the volume up on your devices and TV
  • Trouble hearing on the phone
  • Struggling in noisy restaurants

If you experience any of these difficulties or if somebody points out changes in your hearing, it’s important to consult with us. After doing a hearing test, we will establish a baseline for future visits and help you with any issues you may be having with balance.

Be proactive if you have diabetes

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

Maintain control of your blood sugar levels.

Steer clear of loud noises and safeguard your ears by using 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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