A study conducted using 5140 adults demonstrated that hearing loss was more prevalent among adults with diabetes.1 When the study adjusted for age, it showed that those with diabetes had a 21.3% higher prevalence of low to mid frequency hearing loss compared to only 9.4% of those without. Additionally, those patients with diabetes and a high-frequency hearing loss had a 54.1% chance of hearing loss compared to only 32% in those patients without. The association between diabetes and hearing impairment was independent of known risk factors for hearing impairment, such as noise exposure, ototoxic medication use, and smoking. If you have diabetes then you should have your hearing evaluated regularly as it is very likely that you will have hearing loss that should be treated by Hearing Professionals.
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1Bainbridge KE, Hoffman HJ, Cowie CC. Diabetes and hearing impairment in the United States (NHANES). Ann Intern Med. 2008;149(1):1-10.