How’s your blood sugar levels? If you have diabetes you may want to schedule a hearing test. According to a 2008 study, people with diabetes are nearly twice as likely to experience hearing loss compared to people without diabetes. In addition, the study found that the trend also applied to pre-diabetics (those who are on the cusp of developing full-blown diabetes). They had a 30 percent greater chance of developing hearing loss than those with normal blood sugar levels.
“According to the American Diabetes Association, 30 million Americans have diabetes, and 34.5 million have some form of hearing loss, which makes them two of the most prevalent health concerns in the country. Understanding the risks associated with both diabetes and hearing loss is important in preventing any further complications from occurring.”
So what does this mean for us? First, if you have diabetes, you should have your hearing checked to make sure you aren’t missing out on the conversation. And if you don’t have diabetes, there are some things you can do proactively to avoid it as recommended by healthline.com:
- Cut sugar and refined carbs from your diet
- Work out regularly
- Quit smoking
- Drink lots of water
Keep in mind though some things are out of your control, like your genes or age. Read more here: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/prevent-diabetes
What’s exciting is these steps can also help improve your hearing health overall! Whether you have diabetes or not, the best thing you can do is be proactive with your health. Get active, eat well and, by all means, get a hearing evaluation!
CaptionCall is an ambassador for hearing health and an advocate for people with hearing loss. CaptionCall encourages people everywhere to actively manage their hearing health through regular hearing evaluations, and to seek early treatment when hearing loss is identified. CaptionCall is committed to helping people with hearing loss stay socially engaged for a longer, happier, healthier life.
Written By John Apgar, Marketing Coordinator