Diabetes is a chronic common health issue that is marked by the presence of high blood glucose levels in a particular individual, and is reported to be one of the major causes of hearing loss. The condition, if left untreated, leads to destroying the individual’s auditory nerve endings or hair cells that affect the ability of auditory nerves to transmit messages to the brain. Due to this failure in transmission of messages, the brain is thus totally unable to interpret the sound waves and this leads to hearing loss.
Diabetes leads to elevating blood sugar level and if you are diagnosed with diabetes, you are twice as likely to develop hearing loss than the normal people. The condition is reported to negatively affect your blood vessels and narrow down them, causing blood blockage and thus the nerves with blood become malnourished with inadequate blood supply, leading to diabetic neuropathy. All the nerves in your body may be affected by this condition, leading to hearing loss. The damaged nerves are thus unable to convey sound signals to brain for interpretation.
If you are having diabetes of type 2, you are most likely to suffer form sensorineural hearing loss, as well as low and medium frequency hearing loss. The symptoms of hearing loss due to diabetes include:
- Difficulty in interpreting conversations
- Difficulty in distinguishing sounds from background noise
- Asking people to repeat what they are saying
- The feeling of fullness in ears
- The sounds of whistling, hissing and ringing in ears (tinnitus)
Diagnosis and Prevention
You need to get your hearing checked by a verified audiologist who would know about your concern for diabetes and hearing loss, and ensure you get proper treatment and hearing aids. Audiologists would perform different hearing evaluations and tests to let you know how to recover the condition. The prevention of hearing loss due to diabetes is simple. Your audiologist would recommend you with precautionary steps to control your blood sugar. A blood test is conducted to review your current blood condition and monitor the blood sugar levels.
- Your medication, working out habits and diet play a key role in maintaining your blood glucose and keeping it up to the normal range. You need to know more about it and education yourself as well as pay attention to yourself and go to a knowledgeable and verified audiologist who is already aware of the condition and would recommend you the suitable treatment to control your blood sugar and keep it on the normal levels.
- Avoiding loud sounds and noise exposure can protect your hearing.
- Wearing earing plugs in high volume environments can save your hearing for a long time.
- Avoid using ear buds for a prolonged time period.
- There are certain medicines such as intake of high aspirin doses can lead to damaging your hearing.
- You need to maintain proper levels of ear wax and avoid insertion of pins and cotton buds in your ears for removing ear wax.
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