How Diabetes Raises Your Risk of Hearing Loss

Diabetic woman using a flash glucose monitor.

You might be familiar with the various factors contributing to hearing loss, such as the impact of aging, genetic predisposition within families, or extended exposure to loud sounds. However, you may find it interesting to discover the link between diabetes and hearing loss. Allow us to elaborate.

How is your risk of developing hearing loss increased by diabetes?

The prevalence of diabetes increases as you get older, and 37 million individuals, or 9% of the United States population, cope with this condition according to the CDC. And if you have diabetes, you’re two times 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 affected by diabetes: kidneys, hands, feet, eyes, and even ears. The degeneration of the small blood vessels inside of your ears can be increased by high blood sugar levels. Conversely, low blood sugar levels can disrupt the transmission of nerve signals from the inner ear to the brain. Worsened hearing loss can be the result of both situations.

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

You may have hearing loss if you notice any of these signs

Hearing loss frequently develops slowly and can go undetected if you aren’t actively paying attention. In many cases, friends and co-workers may notice the issue before you become aware of it.

Here are a few signs of hearing loss:

  • Difficulty hearing on the phone
  • Regularly needing people to repeat what they said
  • Having a hard time hearing in loud places
  • Keeping the TV volume at a high level
  • Perceiving others as mumbling

If you experience any of these difficulties or if somebody points out changes in your hearing, it’s worthwhile to consult with us. After carrying out a hearing test, we will set up a baseline for future visits and help you with any problems you might be having with balance.

Be proactive if you have diabetes

We encourage anyone who has diabetes to get a yearly hearing check.

Keep your blood sugar levels within the desired range.

Use ear protection and avoid overly loud situations.

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.