Diabetes and Hearing Loss

“Screening for hearing loss should begin in young adulthood, particularly for vulnerable groups, such as diabetics,” concluded Yuri Agrawal M.D. Department of Otolaryngology, of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

Patients with diabetes are more than twice as likely as those without the disease to have hearing loss, according to a recent National Institute of Health (NIH) study.  Overall more than 40 percent of people with diabetes in the study had some degree of hearing loss.  “People with diabetes should routinely ask their doctors to check their hearing” said Sergei Kockin, PhD, Executive Director of the Better Hearing Institute.  “This important study underscores the need for physicians to now encourage each of their diabetes patients to get their hearing checked, as well as their vision checkups,” said Dr. William Luxford of House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles.

A recent article in the Annals of Internal Medicine titled “Diabetes and Hearing Impairment in the United States: Audiometric Evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999 to 2004” showed that hearing impairment was more prevalent among adults with diabetes. Download the article »