Did you know there is a relationship between diabetes and hearing loss? According to the American Diabetes Association, 37 million people have diabetes, of which 34.5 million have hearing loss. Hearing loss is twice as common in adults with diabetes.
Diabetes can cause hearing loss in several ways. First, high blood sugar can damage blood vessels in the inner ear, changing the way the ear transmits sound waves to the brain and leading to hearing loss.
In addition, diabetes can damage the nerves that transmit sound information from the ear to the brain. This type of nerve damage is called diabetic neuropathy. Diabetic neuropathy usually affects the nerves in the feet and legs and can also affect the nerves in the ears.
Diabetes can also cause hearing loss by damaging the tiny capillaries in the inner ear. This damage can lead to a buildup of fluid in the inner ear, which makes hearing difficult and causes problems with balance.
If you have diabetes, there are things you can do to protect your hearing. First, it is essential to control your blood sugar. You are less likely to experience diabetes-related complications with lower or controlled blood sugar levels. Second, it is important for people with diabetes to have their hearing checked regularly with an audiologist. The CDC recommends annual audiological evaluations for patients with diabetes. This test shows how well you hear different pitches and how well you understand speech.
Call the Wallace Center for Hearing today at (815) 223-3201 to schedule an appointment with our audiologist. We can help protect your social, emotional and physical well-being by ensuring you can hear clearly.
Wallace Center for Hearing
4127, boul. Progress.
Peru, IL 61354