Hearing loss occurs with age, but could diabetes play a role?
If you find yourself or a loved one frequently saying, “What did you say?” or “Speak up!” hearing loss might be the culprit. Research has shown that people with diabetes are twice as likely to experience hearing loss as those without diabetes, suggesting that it may be a complication of the disease.
While diabetes care includes regular monitoring of health, whether it’s checking blood glucose or having an annual dilated eye exam, hearing tests are often overlooked, says Marilyn Enock, AuD, CCC-A, a Pittsburgh audiologist.
“Physicians should refer patients with circulatory problems, no mattertheir age, to an audiologist,” she says. “I see people who are 85 or 90 years old, and they’ve never had a hearing screen. It’s important to have a baseline
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