Diabetic woman using a flash glucose monitor.

You may be acquainted with the various aspects contributing to hearing loss, such as the impact of aging, genetic predisposition within families, or prolonged exposure to loud sounds. However, you might find it intriguing to discover the link between diabetes and hearing impairment. Allow us to elaborate.

How is your risk of developing hearing loss increased by diabetes?

As per the CDC, 9% or 37 million people in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes, and this prevalence increases with age. And if you’re dealing with diabetes, you’re two times as likely to experience hearing loss. 133 million Americans are pre-diabetic and even they have a 30% higher 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. High blood sugar levels can lead to the deterioration of small blood vessels and nerves in the inner ears. Conversely, low blood sugar levels can interrupt the transmission of nerve signals from the inner ear to the brain. Worsened hearing loss can be the outcome of both scenarios.

Damage to the kidneys, heart, nerves, eyes, and blood vessels can be caused by persistent high blood pressure due to unchecked diabetes.

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

If you aren’t actively monitoring the condition of your hearing, hearing loss can slowly sneak up on you. It’s not uncommon for people around you to observe your hearing loss before you become aware of it.

Some indicative signs of hearing loss include:

  • Always needing to crank up the volume of your devices and TV
  • Struggling in noisy establishments
  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
  • Difficulty hearing on the phone
  • Feeling like people are mumbling when they speak

It’s important to contact us for a consultation if you experience any of these signs or if somebody points out your hearing changes. After doing a hearing exam, we will establish a baseline for future visits and help you with any issues you may be having with balance.

Be proactive if your managing diabetes

Getting a yearly hearing exam is important, and that’s especially true for someone with diabetes.

Keep your blood sugar levels within the desired range.

Avoid loud noises and shield your ears by wearing 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.