Diabetes Can Heighten Risk of Hearing Loss

People that suffer from diabetes have a much higher likelihood of being diagnosed with diabetes. A new study done by the National Institutes of Health has indicated that there is a connection between patients that have diabetes and hearing loss. As a recommendation, the researchers on the NIH study have suggested that all individuals, both men and women, that have diabetes get their hearing tested. By getting their hearing tested, diabetic patients can have hearing loss detected earlier, if it is in fact occurring.


The conclusions from the study have indicated that there may be approximately five million people in the United States that have diabetes and hearing loss. In many cases, the researchers have also estimated that the diabetes is going undetected and is not being treated. This assumptions were made by Dr. Cindy Beyer of HearUSA. She is an audiologist and the senior vice president of the company. This company is one of the leading companies in care for hearing loss and has also received an accreditation from the URAC.


The study was published to the journal, Annals of Internal Medicine. The other estimates that were made as a conclusion of the study were that people with mild to moderate hearing loss oftentimes have no idea that they are unable to hear certain sounds. Therefore, the proper screening of diabetes patients for hearing loss could prevent them from having to live with a reduced ability to communicate, remain safe during daily routines and reduced levels of productivity overall.


Diabetic patients often can develop a wide range of complications from diabetes including kidney disease, heart disease, and more. The risk of having infections that could lead to amputations is also significantly increased. In addition, other problems are suspected to be connected to diabetes, such as hearing loss, however studies are only beginning to determine how connected the problems are. In addition, there are also problems caused by a lack of compliance among diabetic patients that do not visit a doctor on a regular basis or are still undiagnosed. These problems could be contributors to the reason why diabetic patients are not being diagnosed with hearing loss as they should.


These screens are currently not issued by doctors as a part of a routine check up that diabetic people receive because the diabetic care is often more focused on checking for other symptoms of other diseases and monitoring blood glucose control. The study researchers have suggested that diabetic patients request this care on a routine basis. By asking for the care, patients can increase the chances that their hearing loss will be diagnosed earlier, if they are indeed suffering from hearing loss.

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