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January 24 , 2018 /

Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Diabetes and hearing loss are two of America’s most widespread health concerns. Nearly 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and an estimated 34.5 million have some type of hearing loss. Those are large groups of people, and it appears there is a lot of overlap between the two. “We strongly encourage anyone who has been diagnosed with elevated glucose levels to immediately schedule a Baseline Hearing Test,” states John Hoglund BC-HIS, ACA of Hoglund Family Hearing and Audiology Center. “You really want to establish a BEFORE picture the moment that your levels are high,” Mr. Hoglund continued, “so you can keep track of how much your hearing is being affected by the condition. Baseline Hearing Tests can be scheduled at any of our Southwest Florida Clinics. There is NO CHARGE for the evaluation!”

A recent study found that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don’t have the disease. Also, of the 84 million adults in the U.S. who have prediabetesa condition in which blood glucose levels are higher than normal but are not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. People with prediabetes are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes and for heart disease and stroke. Other names for prediabetes are impaired glucose tolerance and impaired fasting glucose.X, the rate of hearing loss is 30 percent higher than in those with normal blood glucosethe main sugar found in the blood and the body’s main source of energy. Also called blood sugar.X. It’s possible that the high blood glucose levels associated with diabetes cause damage to the small blood vesselstubes that carry blood to and from all parts of the body. The three main types of blood vessels are arteries, veins and capillaries.X in the inner ear, similar to the way in which diabetes can damage the eyes and the kidneysthe two bean-shaped organs that filter wastes from the blood and form urine. The kidneys are located near the middle of the back. They send urine to the bladder.X.

Another recent study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found women between the ages of 60 and 75 with well-controlled diabetes had better hearing than women with poorly-controlled diabetes, with similar hearing levels to those of non-diabetic women of the same age. The study also shows significantly worse hearing in all women younger than 60 with diabetes, even if it is well-controlled.

Since it can happen slowly, the symptoms of hearing loss can often be hard to notice. In fact, family members and friends sometimes notice the hearing loss before the person experiencing it.

Signs of Hearing Loss

  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves.
  • Trouble following conversations that involve more than two people.
  • Thinking that others are mumbling.
  • Problems hearing in noisy places, such as busy restaurants.
  • Trouble hearing the voices of women and small children.
  • Turning up the TV or radio volume too loud for others who are nearby.

Even though hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes compared to those who do not have the disease, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, hearing screenings often are not part of the regular regimen of care that people with diabetes receive. “We will work directly with your Primary Care Physician and Endocrinologist if you wish, and furnish them with an analysis of your hearing,” Mr. Hoglund continues. “You always want to know where you stand!”

Unaddressed hearing loss negatively affects virtually every aspect of a person’s life, from cognitive function to emotional well-being, making it all the more difficult for people with diabetes to cope with their disease. Anyone can determine if they need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing professional. From a full hearing exam, you’ll learn more about your hearing loss and will be told what can be done to treat it.

DIABETES AND YOUR MEMORY

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) refers to a group of symptoms in which people struggle with their ability to think and remember what they know. They often find it tricky to remember day-to-day things, but their memory troubles aren’t severe enough to cause serious problems with everyday living. The study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, reviewed 62 research studies to look for things that could indicate the risk of MCI worsening to dementia. Almost 16,000 people with MCI were included in these studies. The researchers, led by Prof. Gill Livingston of University College London, found that in people with MCI, Diabetes seems to make it more likely that MCI will progress to dementia.

Hearing Loss has a direct impact on cognitive decline as well. Johns Hopkins studies have shown that untreated hearing loss dramatically increases risk of Memory issues and Dementia. It is not yet clear how these increased risk factors interact, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly!

“When you look at the fact that Diabetes increases risk for hearing loss… hearing loss increases risk of memory problems and cognitive decline… and Diabetes increases risk of Mild Cognitive decline escalating to dementia… I think you’ll agree that diabetics NEED to monitor their hearing very closely,”  Mr. Hoglund concludes. “We offer these tests on a Complimentary basis as a public service for Southwest Florida residents, so please call us at (239)208-6827 to arrange this Baseline Hearing Test!

Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks, reduced alertness, increased risk to personal safety, irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension, stress, depression, and diminished psychological and overall health.

  • Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks, reduced alertness, increased risk to personal safety, irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension, stress, depression, and diminished psychological and overall health.

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