While nerve damage (neuropathy) associated with diabetes is commonly concerned with the hands and feet, hearing loss can be another complication of uncontrolled diabetes. Research indicates that people with uncontrolled type-1 or type-2 diabetes are twice as likely as other individuals to experience hearing loss. It seems that diabetes affects hearing in a number of ways, beginning with rising blood sugar levels contributing to a breakdown in the nerves in the ears, similar to the way that it causes tingling and other symptoms in the fingertips and toes. The problem is that diabetics are not always aware that they suffer from hearing impairment as readily as they realize that the nerves in their fingers and toes are affected.
P.S. It may be a good idea for people with any form of diabetes to have their hearing tested by a regulated Audiologist.
Hearing loss from diabetes is usually gradual. It can sometimes take quite a while before you realize there’s an issue. If you find yourself constantly asking people to repeat themselves, or if you find that you have difficulty focusing on a conversation when at a restaurant or other noisy public place, you might be experiencing hearing loss. To schedule an appointment, please call EAR & HEARING CLINIC. “Hear the Sounds of Life.”