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Hearing Loss Linked to Diabetes

If you're wondering whether or not you have a hearing loss, keep in mind that people with diabetes are two times more likely to have a hearing loss. So, if friends and loved ones have been commenting on your inability to hear and you suffer from diabetes, it's time to get your hearing checked!

A study done by the National Institute of Health (NIH) done in 2008 found hearing loss to be twice as common in adults with diabetes than in those without.

Researchers suggest that diabetics are more prone to developing hearing loss as a result of poor circulation. The elevated blood sugar levels found in diabetics can damage blood vessels, reducing blood flow to the delicate structures of the inner ear, which in turn can result in hearing loss.

While the link between diabetes and hearing loss has been debated since the 1960s or before, the study found that a relationship exists even when major factors known to affect hearing, such as age, ethnicity, noise exposure, and the use of certain medications, are accounted for.

Individuals with diabetes can reduce the risk of hearing loss by exercising regularly and following a proper diet to keep blood glucose levels in within a healthy range. It is also a good idea to have your hearing checked annually to watch for any changes in your hearing.

Read more here: https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/hearing-loss-common-people-diabetes