December 1, 2012

Blood Vessel Damage Blamed

1 Study Investigates Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Results from a retrospective study has found that diabetes doubles the risk of hearing loss. The studies spanned a period of 34 years and looked at data from 7,377 diabetics and 12,817 health controls. A study in 2008 that looked at over 11,000 people yielded similar results. Confounding factors such as age and noisy environments were not taken into account in these studies and future studies will look at these as well. Researchers still believe that diabetics may be at a greater risk for hearing loss and should be screened at an earlier age than non-diabetics. One hypothesis is that elevated levels of glucose damage the ears’ blood vessels. It has been established that diabetics are a greater risk of nerve damage, vision loss, kidney problem and cardiovascular disease.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Kidney Disease Linked to Hearing Loss in New Study

Tags: Diabetes, Hearing Loss, Diabetes and Hearing Loss

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