This is the second blog in the series on diabetes. The first blog was titled: Is There a Link Between Diabetes and Hearing Loss? Well, the short answer is “Yes”. Diabetics experience hearing loss as part of their disease. If you haven’t read the article, you need to review it before reading this article. This article focus on the steps you need to follow to protect your ability to hear and understand speech after being diagnosed with diabetes.
- There is direct evidence showing adults over the age of 60 who have diabetes are at greater risk for hearing loss.
- You should have your hearing screened when identified with diabetes.
- Even if you have normal hearing levels at the time of you diagnosis, diabetics often experience a progressive sensory hearing loss. You should have your hearing levels screened annually. The early diagnosis of hearing loss leads to more successful treatment strategies and better outcomes
- Hearing aids are used to treat sensory hearing loss. The National Council on Aging showed evidence of the benefits of hearing aids, including improved overall health and better interpersonal relations. They also noted a reduction in frustration, anxiety, and depression.
- Listeners with untreated mild to moderate hearing loss are more likely to suffer the effects of social isolation and withdrawal, including depression and cognitive deficits.
For more information about diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association here. If you or someone you know was diagnosed with Type II diabetes, encourage them to have their hearing evaluated by an audiologist. There is no reason to allow hearing loss to change their life or the lives of the loved ones around them.
Visit the download section on our web site to download a pdf document of this series on Type II Diabetes.