Studies show hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes than those who do not have the disease, mainly due to poor circulation. Elevated blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels, thereby reducing blood flow to certain areas. The lack of blood flow causes damage to the structures of the inner ear, which are highly vascularized and do not have a backup blood supply. Hearing loss could be the result of permanent damage to the blood vessels in the inner ear.
Diabetes is becoming an extremely common disease, making it a larger contributor to hearing loss. Because of the relationship between hearing loss risk and diabetes, it is a good idea that people with the disease get their hearing tested annually to watch for decreases in hearing ability.
Five Facts About Diabetes and Hearing Loss
1) There is a proven link between diabetes and hearing loss in adults over the age of 60.
2) Everyone should have their hearing screened as soon as they are diagnosed with diabetes.
3) Diabetic patients can experience progressive hearing loss.
4) Adult onset hearing loss often contributes to social isolation, cognitive loss and depression.
5) Hearing aids can help.
Hearing loss studies have shown the benefits of hearing aids, including improved overall health, better interpersonal relationships and a reduction in frustration, anxiety and depression.
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