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Hearing loss, diabetes and stress: What’s the connection?

While some people may associate hearing loss with the older population, the truth is that it can affect anyone, at any time of their life. The condition is more widespread than you may have realised – the Australian Network on Disability notes that just over 16 per cent of the national population have hearing loss in some shape or form 1.

Hearing loss can occur due to a raft of different causes, from the self-inflicted (such as overexposure to loud noise) to the genetic. While it is important to practise safe hearing habits, there are other factors to consider when it comes to protecting your ears.

Here are two of the more unexpected.

Diabetes

According to Diabetes Australia, there are over 1.7 million people with diabetes across the country 2. A study by the US National Institutes of Health has linked the condition with hearing loss, concluding that the condition is twice as common in people with diabetes than those who don’t have it3.

“Hearing loss may be an under-recognised complication of diabetes,” said senior author Dr Catherine Cowie. “Our study found a strong and consistent link between hearing impairment and diabetes using a number of different outcomes.”3

Stress

According to a study published in the International Journal of Tinnitus, stress can potentially add hearing loss to its list of adverse heath effects 4. While diet and exercise can help to manage stress, if you feel your emotional state is deteriorating, don’t be afraid to consult a medical professional.

If you believe your hearing has changed recently, click here or call 1300 674 934 to request a no cost* hearing check-up with Adelaide Digital Hearing Solutions.

1AND, Stats and facts. Accessed February, 2016

2Diabetes Australia, Diabetes in Australia.  Accessed February, 2016 

3NIH, Hearing Loss Is Common in People with Diabetes. Accessed February, 2016

4Europe PMC, Stress and the onset of sudden hearing loss and tinnitus. Accessed February, 2016

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