Reports from National Institutes of Health has reported that about that 16% of U.S. adults having problems with hearing and this percentage is steadily rising. Even more shocking is that among people who have diabetic conditions the number is twice the number of the non-diabetic people. Just as it is with other conditions that are associated with tight blood sugar control and proven management strategy, you can avoid or reduce hearing stress. As implied by ENT doctors from Becker ENT Center in NJ, avoiding and steering clear of factors such as smoking and exposure to loud working environments can aid in protecting your ears.
Everything and anything that you can do to mitigate and lessen diabetic condition will also lessen the associated risk to hearing impairment that is associated with diabetes. Research shows that in the past diabetes educators and research management experts have had a disproportionate interest in terms of the focus of related health conditions of diabetes in that they focused more on vision. Now current data underlines the need to spend more time on hearing. It is not to have both hearing and vision impaired.
Studies on ontology and neurology have laid bare the ways in which diabetes affect hearing. The study found out that diabetes is associated with hearing loss at all sound registers. This is an indication that diabetes affects the middle ear. As diabetes can affect blood regulation in the body, this can also greatly affect the organs of the middle ear that are very delicate. This is so because the blood vessels of the middle ear are very small. While the other parts of the body can make up for this loss with other supply of blood vessels your ears don’t have such a backup plan. There is no redundancy in terms of blood vessels that have been built around your middle ear. The implication of this is that once a blood vessel is damaged, there exists no backup supply and your hearing worsens gradually.
It’s not only hearing that is affected as the ear serves other functions in the body including balance. The risk of falling due to distortion of body balance increases. This is because the semicircular canals are located in the middle ear, and they serve the function of balance. Research has also shown that there is a heightened increase in the risk of losing your hearing as measures to control blood sugar increases like A1C results.