Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Research has found a connection between hearing loss and diabetes. This is significant with diabetes on the rise in Canada. Diabetes has grown significantly in recent years and today affects just over 9% of Canadians. This is estimated to grow, in Canada, by 44% by 2025.

For many years, the relationship between diabetes and hearing loss was unclear. However, research now shows that there is clearly a relationship. It isn’t known why, or how diabetes and hearing loss are connected.

Diabetes and hearing loss study

In an American study, 53,461 patients were not diabetic, while 12,575 had diabetes. They found that the prevalence of sensorineural hearing loss in the diabetic group was 13.1 percent, compared to 10.3 percent in the non-diabetic group.

The researchers concluded that individuals with diabetes are 30% more likely to have hearing loss and that:

“There is a greater prevalence of hearing loss among persons with diabetes across all groups of ages and socioeconomic characteristics, especially in young adults.” – Audiology Healthcare News, 2014

It is important to monitor your health and hearing to ensure you stay as healthy as possible. Diagnosing hearing loss in the early stages can be beneficial to your overall mental and physical health. Watch for signs of hearing loss in yourself and loved ones.

Signs of hearing loss

  • Volume on the tv and radio is too loud for everyone around you.
  • Trouble following conversations of people around you if the group exceeds two people.
  • Complaining that everyone mumbles.
  • Trouble hearing women and children’s voices.
  • Frequently asking people to repeat themselves.

Signs of diabetes

  • Very thirsty.
  • Weight gain or loss.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Cuts and bruises that take a while to heal.
  • Tingling and numbness in hands or feet.
  • Frequent urination.


Take care of your health and be proactive. Ensure that you have regular check-ups with your Physician and your Doctor of Audiology annually.

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Source: Audiology Healthcare News, 2014, Diabetes Canada, & the American Diabetes Association