Health Tip: Diabetes May Contribute to Hearing Loss
Posted Feb 28 2011 12:00pm
Take note of these warning signs
(HealthDay News) -- Diabetics are twice as likely as non-diabetics to have hearing loss, according to the American Diabetes Association. It's thought that diabetes damages the small blood vessels and nerves in the inner-ear, the ADA says.
The association suggests diabetics heed these warning signs of hearing loss:
Asking people frequently to repeat themselves.
Having trouble keeping track of conversations with more than two participants.
Noticing that other people appear to be mumbling.
Having difficulty hearing in places where there's loud noise.
Having difficulty hearing young children and women.
Needing to turn the radio or TV louder than is comfortable for others.