Your Risk of Hearing Loss is Increased by Diabetes

Diabetic woman using a flash glucose monitor.

Genetic predisposition, aging, and extended exposure to loud sound are all familiar factors that can contribute to hearing loss. But the connection between hearing loss and diabetes is not as widely known. Let us elaborate.

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

The prevalence of diabetes increases as you get older, and 37 million individuals, or 9% of the United States population, cope with this condition according to the CDC. And if you have diabetes, you’re twice as likely to experience hearing loss. Even in pre-diabetics, constituting 133 million Americans, the degree of hearing loss is 30% higher than in individuals with normal blood sugar levels.

Diabetes can result in nerve damage across various bodily areas, encompassing the hands, feet, eyes, kidneys, and ears. The degeneration of the small blood vessels inside of your ears can be increased by elevated blood sugar levels. And on the other end of the spectrum, the transmission of nerve signals from the inner ear can be interrupted by low blood sugar. Both scenarios can worsen hearing loss.

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

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

If you aren’t actively monitoring the condition of your hearing, hearing loss can gradually sneak up on you. In many situations, friends and co-workers might observe the problem before you identify it.

Some indicative signs of hearing loss include:

  • Trouble hearing on the phone
  • Feeling like people are mumbling when they speak
  • Having a hard time hearing in noisy places
  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
  • Keeping the TV volume really loud

If you notice any of these difficulties or if someone points out changes in your hearing, it’s important to consult with us. After carrying out a hearing test, we will set up a baseline for future visits and help you with any issues you might be having with balance.

Be proactive if you have diabetes

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

Keep control of your blood sugar levels.

Make use of ear protection and avoid overly loud settings.

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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