By Hoglund Family Hearing and Audiology Services
Diabetes and hearing loss are two of America’s most widespread health concerns. Nearly 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and an estimated 34.5 million have some type of hearing loss. Those are large groups of people, and it appears there is a lot of overlap between the two. A recent study found that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don’t have the disease. Also, of the 84 million adults in the U.S. who have prediabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30 percent higher than in those with normal blood glucose. It’s possible that the high blood glucose levels associated with diabetes cause damage to the small blood vessels in the inner ear, similar to the way in which diabetes can damage the eyes and the kidneys.
Even though hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, hearing screenings often are not part of the regular regimen of care that people with diabetes receive. “We strongly encourage anyone who has been diagnosed with elevated glucose levels to immediately schedule a Baseline Hearing Test,” states John Hoglund, BC-HIS, ACA of Hoglund Family Hearing and Audiology Center. You really want to establish a BEFORE picture the moment that you learn that you have diabetes,” Mr. Hoglund continued. “This is important so you can keep track of how much your hearing is being affected by the condition. Baseline Hearing Tests can be scheduled at any of our Southwest Florida Clinics. There is NO CHARGE for the evaluation! We will work directly with your Primary Care Physician and Endocrinologist if you wish, and furnish them with an analysis of your hearing,” Mr. Hoglund continues. “You always want to know where you stand!”
DIABETES AND YOUR MEMORY
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) refers to a group of symptoms in which people struggle with their ability to think and remember what they know. They often find it tricky to remember day-to-day things, but their memory troubles aren’t severe enough to cause serious problems with everyday living. The study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, reviewed 62 research studies to look for things that could indicate the risk of MCI worsening to dementia. The researchers, led by Prof. Gill Livingston of University College London, found that in people with MCI, Diabetes seems to make it more likely that MCI will progress to dementia.
Hearing Loss has a direct impact on cognitive decline as well. Johns Hopkins studies have shown that untreated hearing loss dramatically increases risk of Memory issues and Dementia. It is not yet clear all how these increased risk factors interact, but it shouldn’t be taken lightly! These findings will be discussed at an upcoming lecture series sponsored by Hoglund Family Hearing and Audiology Center in early June.
“When you look at the fact that Diabetes increases risk for hearing loss… hearing loss increases risk of memory problems and cognitive decline… and Diabetes increases risk of Mild Cognitive decline escalating to dementia… I think you’ll agree that diabetics NEED to monitor their hearing very closely,” Mr. Hoglund concludes. “We offer these tests on a Complimentary basis as a public service for Southwest Florida residents, so please call us at (239) 208-6827 to arrange this Baseline Hearing Test!”
Everyone interested in learning more about the Hearing/Diabetes/Memory connection should join me for an informative lecture I’m giving in early June with famed author and diabetic coach Denise Pancyrz. “I saw Denise interviewed by Chicken Soup for the Soul author Jack Canfield and found her to be an outstanding educator, and I am very proud that she will be joining me for these seminars!” John stated. “There will be drawings to receive FREE COPIES of her Wonderful Book at each lecture!”
Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss and diabetes to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks, reduced alertness, increased risk to personal safety, irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension, stress, depression and diminished psychological and overall health.
Hoglund Family Hearing And Audiology Center
Fifteen 8th Street, Suite B (Next to Royal Scoop Ice Cream)
Bonita Springs, FL 31434
Southwest Florida Tinnitus And Hearing Center
10020 Coconut Rd. Ste.120 (Next to LabCorp)
Estero, FL 34135
AUDIOLOGY CENTERS OF HOGLUND FAMILY HEARING
13710 Metropolis Ave.Suite 101
(One block west of Gulf Coast Hospital)
Fort Myers, FL 33912