Type 2 Diabetes Might Damage Auditory System

There could be a link between type 2 diabetes and hearing impairment, which makes hearing tests a critical part of managing the disease, according to a study published in Current Diabetes Reports.

Previous studies have shown a connection between diabetes and hearing impairment, although comparing the studies to each other can be difficult because of lack of consistency in defining hearing impairment and its associated factors.

"However, the association between diabetes and hearing impairment tends to be stronger in studies that included younger participants, perhaps because in older samples, other causes of age-related hearing impairment may mask the contribution of diabetes to the impairment,” said Elizabeth Helzner, PhD., lead author of the study. “This factor in itself lends weight to the notion that type 2 diabetes can damage hearing."
Early detection

Researchers admit that discovering the patterns between diabetes and poor hearing is in its infancy stage. They believe long-term studies are needed to determine if diabetic patients are at an increased risk of early-onset hearing loss compared to the general population.

The study also stressed the need to learn whether the advancement of impaired hearing differs amongst patients based upon diabetes status, disease management and other factors that contribute to hearing loss.

Auditory damage impacts over 16 percent of adults in the United States and is associated with depression, social isolation, dementia, increased hospitalization rates and mortality. Researchers believe these stats further showcase the need for hearing tests as part of type 2 diabetes management.

More Articles

Diabetic shoes are important as a common side effect of diabetes is "peripheral neuropathy," which causes loss of sensation in the extremities....

There’s something inherently playful about bouncing, which is why so many people enjoy rebounding. Rebounding, or exercising on a mini-trampoline...

Do not let pictures of yoga experts with their bodies twisted into bizarre, compact shapes fool you. Even people with stiff muscles, creaky joints...

One of the hardest parts about adopting a low-carb diet is giving up traditional baked goods and sweets. The good news, however, is that low-carb...

Insulin injections are a way of life for many people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but for some people, they can be a little intimidating at...

More Articles

Everyone from grandmothers to physicians tout oatmeal's wholesome goodness and health benefits. But, is oatmeal good for diabetics? Limited...

A common complication associated with diabetes is swollen feet. The swelling can...

Stomach aches and other gastrointestinal pains can be signs of a bigger problem. One such problem for diabetics is gastroparesis, or delayed...

Improving your A1C reading requires you to maintain consistently healthy blood...

Diabetic shoes are important as a common side effect of diabetes is "peripheral neuropathy," which causes loss of sensation in the extremities....

While most physicians will tell you that your blood glucose will not be impacted by a flu shot, anecdotally there are reports of increased...

You may think beer, wine, and liquor would be categorized as food, but in reality, alcohol is a drug. Just like medications, alcohol has powerful...

One of the hardest parts about adopting a low-carb diet is giving up traditional baked goods and sweets. The good news, however, is that low-carb...

With such a marked increase in the number of new diabetes cases, more people are wondering if type 1 diabetes...

Experts estimate that somewhere in the world a person with diabetes will lose a lower extremity every half minute due to a wound. One of the...

Anyone can develop a fungal skin infection, but people with diabetes are more prone to them. A common cause of fungal infections in those with...

Many diabetics struggle to control the sudden blood sugar spikes that can occur after meals. Knowing why blood sugar spikes happen and making...

Do not let pictures of yoga experts with their bodies twisted into bizarre, compact shapes fool you. Even people with stiff muscles, creaky joints...

The medical community relies heavily on the goodwill of its citizens, as giving blood and organ donations help save thousands of lives every year...

There are several misconceptions about Diabetes. Learn more about the top misconceptions vs. facts surrounding Type 2 Diabetes below.

86...