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article imageDiabetes and hearing loss worsens in uncontrolled diabetes

By Nancy Houser     Jan 27, 2012 in Health
Detroit - Diabetes and hearing loss becomes worse with uncontrolled diabetes, the results of a recent study.The participants show greater hearing loss, while people from age 60 to 75 with controlled diabetes show less hearing loss, as those without diabetes.
The new study focuses on the importance of aging diabetic patients and how proper medical care can not only control the diabetes but decreases the level of hearing loss. The study looks at how diabetes and hearing loss worsens in uncontrollable diabetes; also how diabetic maintenance influences a diabetic's hearing loss.
Hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes than in people without diabetes.The Diabetic Site has published that, "It is believed that damage to the blood vessels caused by high blood glucose is the main culprit, which causes nerve damage in the ears and impair the ability to transmit audio signals."
Relationship between glucose levels and hearing problems
It was documented in a recent press release, that women under age 60 with diabetes, whether it is controlled or not, had hearing levels that grew significantly worse as compared to non-diabetic women. The press release also said, "Men, however, had worse hearing loss across the board compared to women in the study, regardless of their age or whether or not they had diabetes."
"Younger males in general have worse hearing, enough so to possibly mask any impact diabetes may have on hearing. But our findings really call for future research to determine the possible role gender plays in hearing loss," says Dr. Handzo, according to the press release.
"A certain degree of hearing loss is a normal part of the aging process for all of us, but it is often accelerated in patients with diabetes, especially if blood-glucose levels are not being controlled with medication and diet," says Derek J. Handzo, D.O., with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Henry Ford.
The American Diabetes Association statistics show that approximately 26 million individuals have diabetes, while another 34.5 million have hearing losses on assorted levels. Symptoms of diabetics who are diagnosed with hearing loss can range anywhere from difficulty in hearing background sounds or noises, the inability to hear conversations in a large group, and needing to keep the television or stereo turned up high.
The study about diabetes and hearing loss
The connection between diabetes and hearing loss has been studied quite a bit over the years, but the Henry Ford researchers have looked at it differently. They studied those involved in three different groups: those with well-controlled diabetes; those with poorly-controlled diabetes; and those without diabetes.
The researchers from the institution studied 990 aging patients, categorized by gender, age and whether or not they had diabetes. The ages were divided into three groups: younger than age 60; between age 60 to 75; and those older than age 75. The patients with diabetes were divided into two groups: those with well-controlled diabetes, and those with poorly-controlled diabetes.
The diabetes levels were determined by the American Diabetes Association guidelines using Hba1C blood levels, but many institutions now use the Hemoglobin A1c screening for new and potential diabetes. Hemoglobin A1c provides an average of your blood sugar control over a six to 12 week period and is used in conjunction with home blood sugar monitoring to make adjustments in
The importance of the Henry Ford study was that previous diabetic and hearing loss studies have not used blood-glucose levels for markers, nor worked with such a widely diverse population within a study.
Study results
The results of the study on how diabetes and hearing loss worsens in uncontrolled diabetes will be presented on January 26, 2012, in Miami Beach at the at the annual Triological Society's Combined Sections Meeting.
The three-day scientific meeting will be presented by world-renowned otolaryngologists–head and neck surgeons, or sometimes called otorhinolaryngologists (ORL).
Funding: Henry Ford Hospital
Registration - Opens October 15, 2011
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