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.