Diabetes

Did you know…

21% of diabetes patients report hearing loss, compared to 9% of non-diabetics¹.

Hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes compared to those without the disease².

A study in Japan found that over time, high blood sugar levels cause damage to the tiny blood vessels in the inner ear, disrupting sound reception and diminishing the ability to hear³.

While patients may have normal hearing at the onset of the disease, they are likely to suffer progressive hearing loss⁴.

Hearing loss screening would allow for early intervention that could also improve quality of life and outcomes of other more serious conditions.

Try our free ONLINE HEARING TEST to help you evaluate your hearing, identify a potential hearing difficulty, and indicate if you need to see a local hearing care professional.

1. Brainbridge, K.E. , Hoffman, H.j. & Cowie, C.C. (2008). Diabetes and hearing impairment in the United States: Audiometric evidence from the National Health and Nutrition and Examination Survey 1999 – 2004. Annals of Internal Medicine, 149 (1).
2. N.I.H., National Health and Nutrition and Examination Survey 1999 – 2004. Annals of Internal Medicine, 149 (1).
3. Research by Tsukuba University Hospital Mito Medical Center, Ibaraki, Japan in July 2011 .
4. Horikawa C et al. Diabetes and risk of hearing impairment in adults: a meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 2013 Jan).


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