What you need to know about hearing loss and diabetes

It’s important for everyone to have their hearing checked regularly, but it’s particularly important if you have diabetes. Several recent health studies identified a link between hearing loss and diabetes, a chronic metabolic condition which causes glucose levels in your blood to spike.

What’s the connection?

Diabetes is associated with an increased risk of developing a sudden hearing loss. The more severe your diabetes is, the higher the risk. Studies found that high blood sugar levels can damage the tiny blood vessels in the inner ear, which disrupts sound reception and make it harder to hear. This sudden onset hearing loss can affect anyone with diabetes – it isn’t restricted to people of a certain age group or those living in noisy environments.
In fact, a study in India showed that diabetics aged 15 to 50 were prone to high frequency hearing loss, and people with diabetes are twice as likely to have a hearing impairment.

What do you need to do?

All of this means that getting your hearing checked regularly is even more important than it is for most people. A simple, free, 15-minute hearing check could drastically improve your quality of life if you’re already struggling with hearing loss. If you haven’t yet experienced any problems with your hearing, a check-up can help to prevent future damage and make sure any changes are caught early.

Free hearing checks are available for adults at any of Australian Hearing’s locations across the country. Find a centre near you.