Type 2 diabetes is a very common condition, one which is predicted to increase by 57% by the year 2025. Diabetes is commonly associated with changes in eye sight, but many people don’t realize that the condition can also cause hearing loss.
The main cause of hearing loss in patients with diabetes is poor blood flow to the cochlea. It can also be caused by diabetic neuropathy and microangiopathy (thickening of the basilar membrane which restricts blood flow.) A 2014 study by Bajaj et al also showed poor speech perception in noise among diabetic patients. Other studies have shown that diabetes affects the peripheral and central levels of the auditory system.
As hearing loss is known to worsen if it goes untreated, and is also associated with brain mass deterioration, it is critical for patients with diabetes to be evaluated by an American Fork audiologist annually, just as the standard of care mandates an annual ophtamological evaluation.
If you or a loved one is suffering from diabetes and would like to take advantage of a free hearing screening consultation with an audiologist, please give us a call at 801-770-0801.
Information obtained from Kumar S. & Kumar P. Annual Audiological Evaluations Should Be Mandatory for Patients with Diabetes. Hearing Review. 2016; 23:(1):14-15.