Diabetes and hearing loss are two of the most widespread health problems (and largely untreated) America. Nearly 26 million people in the United States. with diabetes and an estimated 34 million have some degree of hearing loss. This figure is very similar, you have to wonder if there is a relationship between the two. The National Institutes of Health has found that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as those without the disease. Also, 79 million adults are considered to have pre-diabetes, the rate of hearing loss was 30% higher than normal blood sugar.
What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body can not metabolize sugar. The pancreas, beta cells produce insulin, the hormone needed for glucose to be processed by the body. With each meal, beta cells release insulin to help the body use or store the blood sugar to get them from food. In people with type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not make insulin. Beta cells are damaged or never built. People with type 1 diabetes usually have a family history of diabetes and signs of diabetes during adolescence. They needed an injection of insulin to use glucose to enter the body from digesting food. People with type 2 diabetes produce insulin but their bodies do not respond well to it. Some people with type 2 diabetes need diabetes pills or insulin shots to help their bodies use glucose for energy. Diabetes type 2 is generally made from time to time and are more common in people who are overweight and over the age of forty.How is Diabetes and Hearing Loss Linked? Diabetes can lead to high blood sugar levels, which causes serious long-term effects on the ability of the body to function normally, such as kidney failure, cognitive degeneration and vision changes. Diabetes can also affect the delicate hair cells of the inner ear, which can cause sensorineural hearing loss. It is believed that the cause of diabetes is hearing from the effects of high blood sugar levels in the blood supply to the inner ear. Research shows that diabetes can lead to loss of all configuration and severity.
In other words, two people with similar body types, family history, environmental factors and lifestyle can have a variety of hearing loss. And, some people with diabetes have never had a problem with their hearing. The researchers are not sure what the exact cause of diabetes difference.TreatmentControlling medication and lifestyle changes can reduce or alleviate the effects of long-term diabetes has on the body. To keep hearing from increasing excessively, follow the doctor’s advice for controlling your best diabetes.If hearing loss has progressed, hearing aids can help to offset the difficulties that may have hearing loss, especially in the presence of background noise. Hearing aids have come a long way in recent years and there are more choices in size, technology and even color than usual. Working with the audiologist, you find the right hearing aid for you and one that fits your budget.So, what’s my first step? Once you realize that you do not want to hear that you are used to, diagnostic hearing evaluation by an audiologist is the best first step toward better hearing.
Several tests are needed to determine the degree of hearing loss and its impact on communication. All necessary tests conducted during the time of appointment and you will leave the office with a broader understanding of how the auditory system works, how your hearing than people with normal hearing and how and why your hearing loss affects your ability to communicate. if you find it more difficult to hear and understand and you have diabetes or “pre-diabetes,” it is in your best interest to have a hearing test to establish a baseline to watch for any kind of development hearing over time. And, once you know the extent of hearing loss can then work to find a solution. Call our office today and we will keep you on the road to better hearing today.