Diabetes & Hearing Health
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.
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.
Hear Well. Live Well.
Will health insurance cover my hearing aids? What about ear wax removal?
Insurance covers many hearing & audiology services
Most insurance typically covers the cost of earwax removal services, with the patient paying only their standard policy deductible. However, the cost of earwax removal is not as expensive as you might think – without going through insurance, the cost of a standard earwax removal is $95.00 for either one ear or two.
We proudly contract with the insurance companies listed below. Our list is constantly growing, so check back often to see if your company is included. Alternatively, you can call us for assistance with your plan’s coverage, or to see if we contract with your insurance.
ACN Connected Care
Aetna / ALL plans/ Banner
Arizona Care Network (ACN)
Arizona Complete Health (AHCCCS)
Allwell Commerical / AHCCCS
American Postal Workers Union (APWU)
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment (AHCCCS)
Arizona Medical Network (AMN)
AZ Complete Health Care
Banner Health Network PPO,HMO, Medicare
Banner Medicare Advantage Dual (SNP)
Banner University LTC (AHCCCS)
Banner University Family Care (AHCCCS)
Blue Cross Blue Shield / All Plans / Banner
Cigna / All Plans / Banner
Fortified Provider Network (HMN)
Great West Health
Health Choice (AHCCCS)
Health Choice Pathway (SNP)
Health Management Network (HMN)
Healthnet (All Plans)
Humana / All Plans / Banner
ICE Health Services (IHS)
Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)
Medicare Part B
Magellan Complete Care
Mercy Care Advantage (SNP)
Mercy Care Plan (AHCCCS)
Mercy Care Group Health
Mercy Care RBHA
Mercy Maricopa Integrated
Molina Care (AHCCCS)
Molina Medicare Complete Care
Oscar Healthcare (Cigna only)
OWCP (Workers Comp.)
Refugee Medical Asst. Program (RMAP)
Southwest Services Administrators
Tricare West Region / HNFS
Triwest / VA Community Care
United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
UHC AARP Medicare Complete ( Banner)
UHC Dual Complete (SNP)
UHC Community Plan (AHCCCS)
United Mine Workers Union (UMWU)
United Healthcare / All Plans / Banner
Washington State Labor of Industry