Diabetes and your hearing

Diabetes and your hearing.


According to Diabetes Australia, 280 Australians develop diabetes every day. That is one person every five minutes.

Diabetes is a chronic condition that occurs when glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high. Glucose is an important form of energy for our body and cells. There is elevated blood glucose levels when the body does not produce enough of the hormone insulin, or the insulin does not work effectively. Diabetes can be managed well, however, poorly controlled diabetes can lead to a range of serious health problems such as: heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, eye damage, limb amputation, and depression.

Recent research has shown that hearing loss is another complication of diabetes. As the high levels of glucose in the blood travels throughout the body, damage can occur to the nerves and blood vessels of the inner ear. It has been shown that hearing loss is approximately twice as common in adults with diabetes compared to those who do not have diabetes.

Diabetes can affect the whole range of the hearing but predominantly the higher pitches of sound, which makes it more difficult to hear clearly in the presence of background noise. Consequently, it is important to have your hearing checked should you have diabetes or pre-diabetes (a condition where blood glucose levels are higher than normal, which increases a person’s risk of developing diabetes).

Along with eating well and staying physically active to manage your diabetes, it is also important to monitor the health of your ears. At Stay Tuned Hearing, we will provide you with a comprehensive hearing assessment to obtain a baseline result which we can use to monitor your hearing to detect any changes. Early detection of hearing loss will allow for prompt treatment and rehabilitation if necessary. A written report will also be sent to your General Practitioner to monitor your hearing health.

If you have any questions please contact us on 03 9708 8626. A few minutes of your time could save your hearing forever.