Can your diabetes be linked to hearing loss?

by Dr. Rachel Lynch on January 10, 2018


Diabetes and hearing loss are some of America’s most common and widespread health issues.  Thirty million people in the United States have diabetes.  Nearly 45 million people have hearing loss.  Studies have shown that hearing loss is twice as common with people who have diabetes than those who do not.  Even people who suffer from prediabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30% higher.  Researchers believe that high blood glucose levels in diabetes cause damage to the blood vessels in the inner ear.  In clinic, we have found that a lot of diabetes patients suffer from a high frequency sensorineural hearing loss.  There is more research to be done on how diabetes relates to hearing loss.

If you find yourself having to ask people to repeat to you or your TV is louder than usual, you might need a hearing test.  Talk to your ENT or primary care giver for more information.  Happy Hearing!

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