Diabetic woman using a flash glucose monitor.

You might be acquainted with the various factors contributing to hearing loss, including the impact of getting older, genetic predisposition within families, or prolonged exposure to loud noises. However, you may find it intriguing to understand the connection between diabetes and hearing loss. Let’s dig a little deeper into that.

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

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

A variety of body areas can be impacted by diabetes: kidneys, hands, feet, eyes, and even ears. The degeneration of the small blood vessels inside of your ears can be increased by high blood sugar levels. And on the other end of the spectrum, the transmission of nerve signals from the inner ear can be disrupted by low blood sugar. Both situations can worsen hearing loss.

The lack of diabetes control induces persistent high blood pressure, leading to damage to the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, nerves, and eyes.

Signs you might be dealing with hearing loss

Hearing loss frequently happens slowly and can go undetected if you aren’t actively paying attention. In many cases, friends and colleagues may detect the problem before you become aware of it.

Here are a few signs of hearing loss:

  • Having a difficult time hearing in loud places
  • Feeling as if people are mumbling when they speak
  • Trouble hearing on the phone
  • Keeping the TV volume at a high level
  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves

It’s essential to call us for a consultation if you notice any of these signs or if someone points out your hearing changes. After carrying out a hearing examination, we will set up a baseline for future visits and help you with any issues you may be having with balance.

Be proactive if you have diabetes

Getting a yearly hearing test is important, and that’s especially true for someone who has diabetes.

Maintain control of your blood sugar levels.

Use ear protection and steer clear of overly loud situations.

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