Is there a Correlation Between Diabetes and Hearing Loss?

Hearing loss is twice as common in individuals with diabetes as it is in those without the disease. In fact, one study even suggested that 70% of diabetics between the ages of 50 and 69 years old have high-frequency hearing loss and as many as one third experience low or mid-frequency hearing loss.

The exact reason for this is unknown. It is theorized that diabetic nerve damage or the thicker blood from high blood sugars somehow damages the delicate capillaries of the cochlea. The damage to the small blood vessels in the inner ear may be similar to the way in which diabetes can damage the eyes and the kidneys.

diabetic nerve damage to the cochlea causes hearing loss.

Patients who suffer from Diabetes are more likely to also suffer from hearing loss due to the diabetic nerve damage caused the cochlea. Picture credit to NHS.uk.

What Can I Do?

If you are a diabetic, the best way to safeguard your hearing is to maintain good control of your blood sugar levels. Taking all prescribed medications, maintaining a healthy diet and daily exercise can help. If you think that your diabetes has already affected your hearing, don’t wait to see an audiologist. Call Advanced Hearing Group to schedule an evaluation and a hearing test.