Hearing Services of Nashville

Diabetic woman using a flash glucose monitor.

Genetic predisposition, aging, and prolonged exposure to loud sound are all familiar factors that can contribute to hearing loss. However, you might find it intriguing to discover the link between diabetes and hearing impairment. Let’s dig a little deeper into that.

How is your risk of developing hearing loss increased by diabetes?

The prevalence of diabetes increases as you get older, and 37 million individuals, or 9% of the United States population, have this condition according to the CDC. Hearing loss is two times as prevalent in people with diabetes compared to people without the condition. 133 million Americans are pre-diabetic and even they have a 30% increased risk of developing hearing loss than people whose blood sugar is normal.

Diabetes can cause nerve damage across various bodily areas, encompassing the hands, feet, eyes, kidneys, and ears. Elevated blood sugar levels can lead to the deterioration of small blood vessels and nerves in the inner ears. Conversely, low blood sugar levels can interrupt the transmission of nerve signals from the inner ear to the brain. Both scenarios can contribute to hearing loss.

The lack of diabetes control induces chronic high blood pressure, causing damage to the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, nerves, and eyes.

Signs you may have hearing loss

Hearing loss often happens gradually and can go undetected if you aren’t actively paying attention. In many situations, friends and colleagues might detect the issue before you identify it.

Here are a few signs of hearing loss:

  • Constantly needing people to repeat what they said
  • Having a tough time hearing in noisy places
  • Trouble hearing on the phone
  • Feeling as if people are mumbling when they talk
  • Keeping the TV volume really loud

If you experience any of these difficulties or if somebody points out changes in your hearing, it’s important to consult with us. After carrying out a hearing examination, we will establish a baseline for future visits and help you with any problems you may be having with balance.

Be proactive if you have diabetes

Getting a yearly hearing exam is important, and that’s particularly true for someone who has diabetes.

Keep your blood sugar levels within the desired range.

Avoid loud noises and shield your ears by wearing earplugs.

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The site information is for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. To receive personalized advice or treatment, schedule an appointment.
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