With today being National Diabetes Day, a study has been released by the National Institutes of Health that suggests those living with diabetes have a higher chance of suffering from hearing loss.
With a 30 per cent higher chance than those with normal blood sugar levels, Hearing Solutions, the largest Canadian-owned and independently operated hearing aid clinic in Ontario, has recommended a few tips to help protect your hearing.
Andreas Seelisch, Director of Audiology at Hearing Solutions, said in a video that one in three Canadians either do have diabetes or prediabetes. "There have been studies that really show the links between hearing and diabetes, to the degree in 2008 for instance, there was a study that showed that having diabetes doubles our risk for hearing loss, and even prediabetes increases it by 30 percent."
You can ensure your hearing is safe by going in for a hearing test and catching any symptoms before it gets out of control, according to the release.
Another method is to be mindful of loud noises as turning down to volume on personal devices, your television, and your car radio can help protect your ears as well as wearing headphones or disposable earplugs if you engage in any loud hobbies or if you know you will be in a space with loud noises.
Incorporating an appropriate amount of exercise into your daily routine will be helpful as even a moderate amount will help improve blood circulation, but it is recommended that you ask your doctor's advice to see what type of exercise you should do.
Lastly, maintaining a healthy weight and sticking to a healthy diet will help combat the potential for hearing loss as excessive weight makes it more difficult for your heart to pump blood effectively to all parts of your body, including your ears.
"High blood sugars are known to have an impact on our nerve pathways, and our nerves are really the way we are hearing. Our ears are a delivery system to our brain, and there are a number of nerve pathways that deliver those messages to the brain, and so if those nerves are being impacted, so is our hearing," said Seelisch.
For more information on the effects of diabetes, visit the Diabetes Canada website.