Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Mar. 11, 2011 (PR Newswire) —

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is highlighting the connection between diabetes and hearing health and is urging all Americans to take the Diabetes Risk Test and the Across America Hearing Check Challenge on American Diabetes Association Alert Day(SM). This year, Diabetes Alert Day is on March 22 and kicks off the “Join the Million Challenge” — a month-long effort to rally one million people to take the Diabetes Risk Test by April 22 to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes compared to those who do not have the disease, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Yet hearing screenings typically are not part of the regular regimen of care that people with diabetes are routinely recommended to receive. Nor do the vast majority of doctors in today’s health care system include hearing health as a routine part of annual exams.

“Hearing loss affects virtually every aspect of a person’s life, making it all the harder for people with diabetes to cope with their disease,” said Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D., BHI’s executive director. “A hearing check is invaluable in determining whether or not someone with diabetes does have a hearing loss and will help to ensure that they get the treatment they need.”

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