Hearing loss has a link to adults with diabetes

March 15, 2016 in Community News, Hearing Loss & Deafness

 

 

The Edwardsville Intelligencer
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Dr. T.K. Parthasarathy
Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Hearing loss is more than twice as common in adults with Type 2 diabetes (which accounts to 95% of all diabetes cases in America) compared to those who do not have the disease, according to a new study funded by the National Institute of Health. Twenty-one percent of the diabetics surveyed had hearing loss, compared to only 9% of non-diabetics. Of the diabetics tested, 68% of them were found to have hearing loss in the higher frequencies critical for speech understanding.

A certain degree of hearing loss is a normal part of the aging process for all of us, but it is often accelerated in patients with diabetes, especially if blood-glucose levels are not being controlled with medication, exercise and diet. Women between the ages of 60 and 75 with poorly controlled diabetes had significantly worse hearing than those whose diabetes was controlled.

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