If you have diabetes, should you be concerned about hearing loss?
The answer to that question is yes.
Asha.org reported that a recent study, Bainbridge et al. (2008) examined hearing data from 5,140 individuals who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1999 and 2004. Prevalence of hearing loss was 15% for participants without diabetes, but more than double for those with diabetes.
So for people with diabetes, it’s even more important to address these issues. According to BD.com, there are three ways that diabetes can affect hearing:
Nerve damage: Caused by high blood sugar, which reduces signals that are sent to the ears.
Keratin: People with diabetes may lack this protein that helps protect the ear canal.
Tissue Sensitivity: Diabetes might make ear tissue overly sensitive.
These are sobering statistics, and people living with diabetes should be concerned. Of course, whether you have this disease or not, or even if you have any questions about the links between diabetes and hearing loss you can contact a Connect Hearing Care Professional at any of our locations across the country.