Today is World Diabetes Day- Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes…
Did you know there is a link between Diabetes and hearing loss?
Facts and Stats:
- Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes compared to those who do not have diabetes
- Of the 79 million Americans thought to have pre-diabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30% higher than in those who have normal blood sugar
- Hearing depend on small blood vessels and nerves in the inner ear. Researchers believe that over time, high blood glucose levels can damage these vessels and nerves, diminishing the ability to hear
- Diabetes appears to affect hearing and brainstem function, making some more susceptible to falls
- Hearing tests are frequently overlooked in routine diabetes care
What you can do to help
Research shows that people with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing loss. The data also suggests that persons with diabetes may experience hearing loss at an earlier age, and would benefit from having their hearing screened. On the basis of the research, physicians should include routine hearing assessments, alongside vision tests, in the annual test battery for diabetic patients. The earlier a hearing loss is diagnosed, the earlier it can be treated. A hearing test is a low-cost, low-risk test that can lead to intervention and improve a patient’s communication, their safety and overall quality of life. Lastly, if hearing aids are recommended, encourage regular use. People with hearing loss are five times more likely to continue with a hearing solution if they are given a positive recommendation by their Physician.
If you suspect a hearing loss, call us to book an appointment for a full hearing evaluation. It is important to keep up to date with your hearing health just as you would your eye or dental health.
We have 5 locations to serve you better:
Professional Hearing Services of Newcastle
300 King Ave East, Newcastle, Ontario, L1B 1J8
Bowmanville Hearing Services
222 King St. East, Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 1P6
Professional Hearing Services of Whitby
220 Dundas St. West, Unit 405, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 8M7
Professional Hearing Services of Ajax
601 Harwood Ave South , Ajax, Ontario, L1S 2J5
Professional Hearing Services of Scarborough
1371 Neilson Rd, Scarborough, Ontario, M1B 4Z8
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