Listen up! Diabetes can make you go deaf

Listen up! Diabetes can make you go deaf

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Here is another reason to keep your blood sugar levels under check — diabetes can make you go deaf. Yes, diabetic hearing loss – though not an often discussed topic – is a reality. Dr Mihir Raut, diabetologist at LifeSpan clinics tells you about diabetic hearing loss.

What are the common types of hearing loss a diabetic is likely to suffer?

Sensorineural hearing loss is the most common type of hearing loss a diabetic may suffer from. This type of hearing loss occurs when the inner ear nerves become damaged and do not transmit signals to the brain. In a diabetic, if his/her blood sugar levels are very high for a prolonged period of time it can lead to nerve damage or neuropathy – the main cause for hearing loss in type 2 diabetics. Due to this long-term hyperglycaemia the blood vessels that are a part of the inner ear fail to get enough blood or oxygen and evetually become damaged.  This also damages the nerves within the ear.

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