“People with Diabetes are twice as likely to develop hearing loss as those who do not.”
Rory Thompson, Hearing Care Consultant
Today is World Diabetes Day. In recent years the number of people living with Diabetes has almost doubled to 3.7million people. For those who live daily with this condition, you are fully aware of the damage uncontrolled blood sugar has on your body and realise just how vital it is to take whatever measures you can to protect your health.
Our ears are very sensitive, comprising of many small parts, each with a special function. If all parts are not working together, our ears will not function as they should. Diabetes can lead to nerve damage and microvascular disease. This can have an impact on the small blood vessels and tiny nerve endings in the ear which can affect our ability to hear.
People with Diabetes are twice as likely to develop hearing loss as those who do not. With this in mind, here are 4 tips to help protect your hearing:
A healthy diet helps to prevent Diabetes, but for those who already have Diabetes, it can help to prevent further hearing loss. It is important to understand that when hearing is damaged it cannot be repaired, which is quite unlike other parts of the body. Often when we get our blood levels under control, we can undo some of the damage we have done to our organs but with our ears, once the tiny hair-like nerves die in our inner ear, they cannot be repaired. These tiny nerves in our ear help us hear sound and once they are damaged so is our ability to pick up sound.