#HearingFactFriday: Diabetes can increase your risk for hearing loss

Did you know that studies have established strong ties between diabetes and hearing loss? In 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found hearing loss to be twice as common in adults with diabetes than with those without.

Some researchers suggest that diabetics are more prone to develop hearing loss due to poor circulation. Elevated blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and reduce blood flow to various areas of the body. That damage could occur in the delicate structures of the inner ear and result in hearing loss. [Read more about the specifics of diabetes as a risk factor of hearing loss here.] 

What can you do to lower your risk of severe hearing loss?

  • Exercise regularly and eat a nutritious diet to keep blood glucose readings with recommended readings.
  • Avoid tobacco use, which can compound your risk for hearing loss.
  • Test your hearing annually to monitor changes. 

Start living a healthier lifestyle today by taking our free online hearing test.


By Starkey Hearing