Diabetes and hearing loss links says report

By Editor
17th June 2015
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People with diabetes are more than twice as likely to suffer a hearing impairment than those without the condition, according to a new report.

People with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes “seem to be more susceptible” to noise-induced hearing loss and this may be due to impaired recovery from noise-induced injury, it concluded.

The Consensus Paper ‘Hearing and Diabetes’ is being promoted by hearing specialists Amplifon, which is calling for people with diabetes should be urged to undergo follow-up screening for prompt detection of any hearing loss.

Hearing loss in people with diabetes increases the risk of falls, social isolation, and the development of cognitive deficit or depression, with the study suggesting that “the high prevalence of hearing impairment among diabetics merits consideration for a routine referral for audiometric testing”.

Commenting on the findings, Barry Downes, Professional Services Manager at Amplifon, advised that a simple hearing test might help people identify both problems earlier.

He said: “Getting tested regularly can help speed up diagnosis of linked conditions such as diabetes, greatly improving the likelihood of managing symptoms in a way that least affects your day-to-day life.

“Here at Amplifon, we’ve put together a comprehensive guide to help people understand the correlation between the two conditions, as well as information on where to get your hearing tested. Taking a keen interest in your own health is really important, especially in older age.”

To read the report, click here.

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