How Diabetes Increases Your Risk of Hearing Loss

Diabetic woman using a flash glucose monitor.

You might be acquainted with the numerous aspects contributing to hearing loss, including the impact of aging, genetic predisposition within families, or prolonged exposure to loud noises. However, you may find it intriguing to discover the link between diabetes and hearing loss. Allow us to elaborate.

How is your risk of experiencing hearing loss raised by diabetes?

The prevalence of diabetes increases as you get older, and 37 million individuals, or 9% of the United States population, have this condition according to the CDC. And if you have diabetes, you’re twice as likely to experience hearing loss. Even in pre-diabetics, constituting 133 million Americans, the rate of hearing loss is 30% higher than in individuals with normal blood sugar levels.

A variety of body areas can be impacted by diabetes: kidneys, hands, feet, eyes, and even ears. The degeneration of the small blood vessels inside of your ears can be accelerated by high blood sugar levels. And on the other end of the spectrum, the transmission of nerve signals from the inner ear can be interrupted by low blood sugar. Both situations can worsen hearing loss.

Damage to the kidneys, heart, nerves, eyes, and blood vessels can be caused by persistent high blood pressure resulting from unchecked diabetes.

Signs you may be dealing with hearing loss

If you aren’t actively monitoring the condition of your hearing, hearing loss can gradually sneak up on you. It’s not uncommon for people close to you to notice your hearing loss before you notice it.

Here are a few signs of hearing loss:

  • Feeling like people are mumbling when they speak
  • Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
  • Struggling in loud restaurants
  • Trouble hearing on the phone
  • Keeping the TV volume at a high level

It’s essential to call us for a consultation if you observe any of these signs or if somebody points out your hearing changes. After carrying out a hearing examination, we will establish a baseline for future visits and help you with any issues you may be having with balance.

If you have diabetes, be proactive

We encourage anyone with diabetes to get an annual hearing check.

Keep control of your blood sugar levels.

Steer clear of loud noises and protect your ears by wearing earplugs.

The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.