Diabetic woman using a flash glucose monitor.

Genetic predisposition, aging, and prolonged exposure to loud sound are all familiar factors that can contribute to hearing loss. However, you might find it intriguing to discover the connection between diabetes and hearing loss. Let’s dig a little deeper into that.

How does diabetes raise your risk of hearing loss?

As per the CDC, 9% or 37 million individuals 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 experiencing hearing loss than individuals whose blood sugar is normal.

Diabetes can cause nerve damage across various bodily areas, encompassing the hands, feet, eyes, kidneys, and ears. Elevated blood sugar levels can lead to the degeneration of small blood vessels and nerves in the inner ears. In contrast, low blood sugar levels can disrupt the transmission of nerve signals from the inner ear to the brain. Both scenarios can contribute to hearing loss.

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

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

Hearing loss often develops gradually and can go unnoticed if you’re not actively paying attention. In many cases, friends and colleagues may observe the problem before you become aware of it.

Some suggestive signs of hearing loss include:

  • Keeping the TV volume at a high level
  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
  • Perceiving others as mumbling
  • Difficulty hearing on the phone
  • Having a tough time hearing in loud places

It’s essential to call us for a consultation if you experience any of these signs or if someone points out your hearing changes. We will carry out a hearing exam that will establish a baseline for future assessments and also deal with any balance-related concerns.

If you have diabetes, be proactive

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

Maintain your blood sugar levels within the desired range.

Avoid loud noises and safeguard your ears by wearing earplugs.

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