According to the Canadian Diabetes Association more than 9 million Canadians are living with the disease.
November is National Diabetes Month in Canada, which presents the perfect opportunity to talk about how this disease impacts hearing health. Diabetes affects the body’s ability to produce or properly use the insulin it creates. This leads to high levels of glucose in the blood, and can affect hearing by damaging blood vessels and nerves.
According to the American Diabetes Association,of the 79 million adults in the U.S. who have pre-diabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30 per cent higher than in those with normal blood glucose.
Fox News reported that a Japanese study discovered diabetics to be more than twice as likely as those without the disease to have hearing impairment.
"Current meta-analysis suggests that the higher prevalence of hearing impairment in diabetic patients compared with nondiabetic patients was consistent regardless of age," wrote lead researcher Chika Horikawa, at Niigata University Faculty of Medicine.
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Our advice – connect with your doctor for information about diabetes, and connect with us about your hearing health. Book a free hearing test now at the Connect Hearing clinic nearest to you.