Complications caused by diabetes are very wide, ranging from kidney disease, heart disease, nerve damage, and blindness. According to recent studies of diabetes also associated with hearing impairment. In the analysis of several previous studies, a team of scientists from Japan discovered that diabetes can increase the risk of hearing impairment. Young diabetics have even more risk.

The study is the first to discover the relationship between diabetes and hearing loss. In 2008 researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) found a similar pattern on 11,000 samples of respondents. On the studies of people suffering from diabetes are more likely to have a deafness or hearing loss than those who do not have diabetes.

Generally, hearing impairment defined as difficulty to understand what people were saying in a hushed voice and could not hear a few words in normal volume. The American Diabetes Association estimates that there are currently 16 million people with diabetes in the U.S. Meanwhile, according to the NIH, there are 36 million Americans who reported suffered hearing impairment in varying degrees.

Increased blood sugar levels are known to cause damage to the blood vessels around ears, thus causing hearing loss. The results of this study could be a reference for people with diabetes to check their ears early, than people who do not have diabetes.


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Posted on Monday, 3rd December 2012 by dhoho

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