Diabetes and Hearing Loss

September 21, 2016 by Raji Parangad

Diabetes being the fastest growing chronic disease in the world with more than 1.5 million diabetics in Australia and more than 2 million Australian adults with pre-diabetes – a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not enough for a diagnosis of diabetes.

A recent study found that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don’t have the disease. Right now we don’t know how diabetes is related to hearing loss. It’s possible that the high blood glucose levels associated with diabetes cause damage to the small blood vessels in the inner ear, similar to the way in which diabetes can damage the eyes and the kidneys. But more research needs to be done to discover why people with diabetes have a higher rate of hearing loss.Since it can happen slowly, the symptoms of hearing loss can often be hard to notice. In fact, family members and friends sometimes notice the hearing loss before the person experiencing it.

Signs of Hearing Loss

  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves.
  • Trouble following conversations that involve more than two people.
  • Thinking that others are mumbling.
  • Problems hearing in noisy places such as busy restaurants.
  • Trouble hearing the voices of women and small children.
  • Turning up the TV or radio volume too loud for others who are nearby.

If you are a diabetic or pre diabetic , or you’re concerned about your hearing call for a hearing evaluation on 07 34465845

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