Audio Life Hearing Center- Knoxville, TN

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You may be acquainted with the numerous factors contributing to hearing loss, like the impact of getting older, genetic predisposition within families, or extended exposure to loud noises. But the link between hearing loss and diabetes is not as well known. Let’s dig a little bit deeper into that.

How is your risk of experiencing hearing loss increased by diabetes?

As per the CDC, 9% or 37 million people in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes, and this prevalence increases with age. Hearing loss is twice as prevalent in individuals with diabetes in comparison to individuals who don’t have the condition. Even in pre-diabetics, constituting 133 million Americans, the rate of hearing loss is 30% higher than in people with normal blood sugar levels.

Diabetes can result in nerve damage across a variety of bodily areas, encompassing the hands, feet, eyes, kidneys, and ears. The deterioration of the small blood vessels inside of your ears can be increased by elevated blood sugar levels. In contrast, low blood sugar levels can disrupt the transmission of nerve signals from the inner ear to the brain. Both scenarios can worsen hearing loss.

Damage to the kidneys, heart, nerves, eyes, and blood vessels can be caused by persistent high blood pressure due to uncontrolled diabetes.

Signs you might be dealing with hearing loss

Hearing loss often occurs gradually and can go unnoticed if you aren’t actively paying attention. In many instances, friends and co-workers may detect the problem before you become aware of it.

Some suggestive signs of hearing loss include:

  • Keeping the TV volume really loud
  • Struggling in loud restaurants
  • Regularly needing people to repeat what they said
  • Feeling like people are mumbling when they talk
  • Difficulty following phone conversations

If you notice any of these challenges or if somebody points out changes in your hearing, it’s worthwhile to consult with us. We will carry out a hearing exam that will establish a baseline for future assessments and also address any balance-related challenges.

Be proactive if your navigating diabetes

Getting an annual hearing test is important, and that’s especially true for someone with diabetes.

Keep your blood sugar levels within the desired range.

Use ear protection and avoid overly loud settings.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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