Diabetes and hearing loss are two of Australia’s most common health concerns. If you have diabetes there is a significant increase in risk that you may develop hearing loss due to the increase in blood sugar levels that damage the tiny blood cells in the inner ear. It is vital as part of your hearing health to get your hearing checked at least, annually, even if you do not have diabetes. Hearing loss that is associated with diabetes can occur suddenly and the earlier the hearing loss is detected the more effective the treatment will be. Protect your hearing.
“Adults with pre-diabetes, whose blood glucose is higher than normal but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis, had a 30 percent higher rate of hearing loss compared to those with normal blood sugar tested after an overnight fast.” So, whether you have diabetes or not it is important to follow a healthy lifestyle, by exercising and eating the correct foods. Keep fit and healthy and do not neglect your ears.
Source – National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Diabetes Queensland Association
Hearing tests check a person’s ability to hear the loudness and pitch of sounds. Some reasons why you may need a hearing test include ringing in your ears, others companing that you talk too loud or watch the TV on high volume, or simply you have trouble hearing conversations.
While there’s no replacement for a consultation with a hearing-care expert, our free online hearing screening can provide some quick and useful feedback about your hearing. The screening should be carried out in quite space and all you need is a pair of headphones!
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