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Women With Diabetes May Experience More Hearing Difficulties

New US research has shown that women with diabetes may experience more hearing difficulties as they get older, particularly if their diabetes is not well controlled.

Doctors from the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit discovered that women between the ages of 60 and 75, who had their diabetes well managed with medication and diet, had better hearing than women with poorly controlled diabetes. In fact, their hearing levels were the same as women of similar age who did not have diabetes.

The study also revealed that hearing loss was more pronounced in diabetic women younger than 60 years of age, even if they had their condition well under control.

However, the research team found that men had a greater degree of hearing loss compared to women, irrespective of their age or whether they had this chronic disease or not.

“A certain degree of hearing loss is a normal part of the aging process for all of us, but it is often accelerated in patients with diabetes, especially if blood-glucose levels are not being controlled with medication and diet,” said Dr. Derek Handzo, one of the research leaders at Henry Ford’s Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

He added, “Our study really points to importance of patients controlling their diabetes, especially as they age, based on the impact if may have on their hearing loss.”

The number of people with diabetes is growing rapidly. At present there are over 25 million children and adults in the United States with diabetes (over 8% of the entire population). There are another 7 million people who have been undiagnosed and another 79 million who are pre-diabetic.

The cost of diabetes is staggering. The direct medical cost for diabetes is over $116 billion and another $58 billion for indirect costs (disability, work loss, premature mortality).

The study was presented recently in Miami at the annual Triological Society’s Combined Sections Meeting.

About Adam Bernstein

Adam Bernstein is the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Milwaukee's premier hearing healthcare facility. As the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Mr. Bernstein has over 20 years of experience in the hearing healthcare industry. He began his career in 1995 at GN Danavox, one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world. After leaving Danavox, Mr. Bernstein opened two hearing healthcare offices in Chicago, IL. In 2001 he moved to Milwaukee, WI and opened The Hearing Professionals. In 2008 he added a second Wisconsin office in the town of Brookfield. Today The Hearing Professionals is the largest private audiology practice in SE Wisconsin. Mr. Bernstein has written numerous articles on hearing healthcare which has appeared in newspapers throughout the country and has been interviewed by news programs regarding advances in the hearing industry. Mr. Bernstein a member of Unitron’s Customer Advisory Board and a graduate of The University of Minnesota. You can email him at adam@icanhearthat.com and you can visit The Hearing Professionals at www.icanhearthat.com.

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