Understanding the Link
As we observe National Diabetes Month this November, it’s important to spotlight a less-discussed aspect of diabetes: its impact on hearing health. Diabetes, known for affecting various bodily functions, also significantly influences auditory health.
Research indicates that individuals with diabetes are more likely to experience hearing loss compared to those without the condition. The reasons are twofold:
- Blood Vessel Damage: Long-term high blood sugar levels can harm the small blood vessels in the inner ear, disrupting its normal function.
- Nerve Damage: Like its effects on other parts of the body, diabetes can damage the nerves that play a critical role in hearing.
For those managing diabetes, awareness about this connection is key. It’s advisable to incorporate hearing health into regular diabetes care. This includes discussing hearing health with healthcare providers and considering regular hearing evaluations as part of diabetes management.
Let’s use National Diabetes Month as an opportunity to raise awareness about the broader impacts of diabetes, including on hearing health. Understanding this connection is vital for comprehensive diabetes care and improving the overall quality of life for those affected.
If you or a loved one is managing diabetes and interested in having your hearing screened, don’t hesitate to contact us. Early detection and management are key to maintaining good hearing health. Reach out today at 651-641-6134 to schedule a comprehensive hearing exam or hearing aid check.
For more information about the connection between diabetes and hearing loss, call the experts at Midwest Hearing today.