Studies have linked diabetes to hearing loss. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 70 percent of diabetics between 50 to 69-years-old have high-frequency hearing loss. In fact, hearing loss is twice as common in those people with diabetes than those without it, according to a 2008 study by the National Institute of Hearing.
Researchers suggest that poor circulation is the main culprit. High blood sugar levels can harm blood vessels and minimize blood flow to various parts of the body. Such damage could also reach the delicate parts of the inner ear and cause hearing loss.
If you have diabetes, what can you do to reduce the risk of hearing loss?
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