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Study Finds Link Between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Published: 05/24/2013

Last Updated: 10/08/2014

A recent National Health and Nutrition Examination survey has found a correlation between diabetes and hearing loss.

The study examined 5,418 participants, aged 20-69, with both diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes. Over the course of five years, the participants’ hearing was evaluated.

According to the study, “some degree of hearing impairment affects over two-thirds of diabetic adults, about twofold higher than that of the non-diabetic population.” The correlation was found to be stronger when a diabetic also has poor general health, heart disease, and peripheral neuropathy—or nerve damage.  

To learn more about the study, click here.


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