It has been found that having high blood sugar can cause among other things, hearing loss. The devastating disease virtually ruins your life unless precautions are taken on a regular basis.
Diabetics may be putting their acoustic sensitivity into danger by ignoring the symptoms and signs of the disease. Hearing weakens as you ride the blood sugar roller coaster. The auditory system is damaged irreparably. Type 2 diabetic patients especially show this tendency.
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The research was published in the journal Current Diabetes Reports.
While many studies have shown hearing loss in patients with the “sweet sickness” other analyses have turned up blank on this front. More in-depth studies need to be done.
The link between diabetes and hearing loss is more pronounced in studies in which the participants belonged to a younger age bracket. This may be because in elderly populations, hearing impairment may have started along with other degenerative diseases without the cause being known at all.
Yet the hints are all there that Type 2 diabetes causes some degree of hearing loss. The future studies will establish whether this is a case of correlation or causation. Thus armed with the knowledge, physicians will be better able to prescribe antidotes to the destructive disease.
Other factors that are linked with hearing loss are: isolation, loneliness, depressive illness, cognitive dullness and mental deterioration due to Alzheimer’s disease.
Among some of the other issues connected to auditory decline are accidents such as tripping and falling on the floor, episodes of hospitalization and higher death rates due to terminal illness.
Over two-thirds of patients have hearing problems by the age of 70. The difficulty is sifting these hearing loss issues from the ones caused solely by diabetes.
It will take some further digging deep into the reality of the situation to get at the core diagnosis that makes hearing impairment due to diabetes the criterion of disease expression.