Study Confirms Diabetics’ Risk of Hearing Loss

Japanese Study Confirms Diabetics’ Risk of Hearing Loss at Any Age

As reported by Better Hearing Institute, a recent Japanese Meta-analysis, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, found that people with diabetes were 2.15 times as likely as those without the disease to have hearing loss.  Surprisingly, when broken down by age, the younger group was at greater risk.  The results showed that those 60 and younger with diabetes were 2.61 times more likely to have hearing loss, while the risk for those older than 60 was 1.58 times higher.

Lead researcher, Professor Hirohito Sone, Department of Internal Medicine, Niigata, Japan, said, “Our findings support routine hearing screenings for people with diabetes starting at an earlier age than for people without the disease.  From a preventive health care perspective, this is very important because we know that when left untreated, hearing loss can exacerbate and perhaps even lead to other health problems, such as depression and dementia, making the diabetes burden even greater.”

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