Diabetes and Hearing Loss

How do you protect your hearing?

Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable. The key to avoiding hearing loss is to protect your ears and maintain good glucose control.

There are three things to consider about noise: How loud. How long. How close. Proximity, duration and loudness dictate how quickly you should seek protection for your ears.

  • Be aware of damaging noise.
  • Be prepared to protect your hearing. Carry earplugs or other protection.
  • Understand how hearing works and how it can be damaged.

What should I do if I suspect a hearing loss?

Talk to your primary care physician. They may refer you to a hearing specialist like: an audiologist, a licensed hearing aid dispenser or a doctor who specializes in hearing problems. From a full hearing exam, you’ll learn more about your hearing loss. You will also be told what can be done to treat it.



National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Hearing Loss Association of America

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