Diabetes is yet again tied to another health issue that can be confused with the sign of aging. Let’s begin to understand that diabetes is a systemic problem. We have it burned into our brains that diabetes is a sugar problem. In a manner of speaking it is. But it goes much deeper than that.
Patients with diabetes are twice as likely to result in hearing loss. Prediabetes patients are 30 percent more likely to result in hearing loss than non-prediabetic patients.
The over consumption of sugar and foods that quickly break down into sugar and remain in your bloodstream can eventually harm your small blood vessels in the inner ear. Because uncontrolled diabetes can cause nerve damage, the auditory nerves can be affected.
Hearing loss can be hard for the diabetic patient to notice since the loss is typically gradual. If you notice the following signs:
- It seems others are mumbling
- Difficulty hearing in noisy places
- Have trouble following conversations between multiple people
- Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
- Increasing the volume of the TV or radio
- You stop trying to follow conversations because you are too frustrated or embarrassed to ask others to continually repeat themselves
- Have realized there is an issue, but too embarrassed to consider wearing a hearing aid
Tinnitus is a condition of hearing noise that is not from an external source. The sound can be a ringing or buzzing, a hiss, whistle, or whirring. Tinnitus affects millions of people that indicate an underlying disease, including hyperinsulinemia. Tinnitus is two times more common in those with hyperinsulinemia, typically the stage prior to diabetes. Hyperinsulinemia is the high amount of insulin in your blood. Insulin is the hormone to help reduce high glucose levels. Without a change in diet or lifestyle, it leads to type 2 diabetes.
Lifestyle changes expand your chances by five times to improve and possibly eliminate tinnitus.
What can you do about your hearing loss or tinnitus? Take action today:
- Get your hearing tested. If you have never had a test, get your baseline today, then continue with an annual checkup.
- Make those lifestyle changes to reduce your glucose or insulin level to a normal range.
- Book your free diabetes reversal consultation for more information on your diabetes, to determine if you have hyperinsulinemia, or need assistance in setting up your hearing appointment.