Diabetes & Hearing loss
Types Of Hearing Loss
30% of people with any type of diabetes suffer from hearing loss.
Usually seen more in women than men.
This is not something I was aware of, as I strained to hear a little more with every day that passed. Actually, I had been told this had nothing to do with my type 1 Diabetes until I got to the audio clinic of the Hospital. They explained that as our BG rises and falls, above and Below our recommended BG target (ex 4.5 – 6.5) it interferes with the blood flow to the delicate mechanism of our hearing.
Hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes compared to those who do not have the disease, according to a new study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). “Hearing loss may be an under-recognized complication of diabetes. As diabetes becomes more common, the disease may become a more significant contributor to hearing loss,” said senior author Catherine Cowie, Ph.D., of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), who suggested that people with diabetes should consider having their hearing tested. “Our study found a strong and consistent link between hearing impairment and diabetes using a number of different outcomes.”
Causes of Hearing Loss With Diabetes
In diabetics, hearing loss is caused by neuropathy. The tiny blood vessels and nerves that are a part of the inner ear fail to get enough blood or oxygen due to hyperglycemia, and they become damaged. Over time, that damage leads to noticeable hearing loss.
This type of hearing loss is called sensorineural.
If you notice you are straining to hear conversations or the TV needs to be increasingly louder, if general background noise drowns out sounds that you used to be able to hear, if you no longer actively take part in conversations because you can’t hear them, speak you to GP and ask to be referred to a hearing specialist.