Published On: Wed, Apr 27th, 2016

Diabetes can damage hearing


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Diabetes is one of the most growing diseases in the world which is engulfing people rapidly. A new research study has revealed that diabetes can destroy the auditory system; the research study further recommended that clinicians should involve the examining of hearing in managing Type-2 diabetes.

The results, which were cited in the journal Current Diabetes Reports, are relied on an evaluation of studies of probable linkages amid Type-2 diabetes and hearing impairment.

Elizabeth Helzner, who is one of the researchers and an assistant professor at SUNY Downstate Medical Centre in New York, stated that “An association between diabetes and hearing impairment in human subjects has been shown to many, but not all, studies. Direct comparison of these studies is complicated due to a lack of consistency in defining hearing impairment and other factors,” Helzner further added by saying that “However, the association between diabetes and hearing impairment tends to be stronger in studies that included younger participants, perhaps because in older samples, other causes of age-related hearing impairment may mask the contribution of diabetes to the impairment,”

Helzner further gave details that “This factor in itself lends weight to the notion that Type-2 diabetes can damage hearing,”

The researchers, though, stated that well-made longitudinal research studies are essential in the way to discover whether patients with diabetes are at elevated peril of early-onset hearing impairment, and if the development of hearing impairment differs relied on diabetes status and also disease management factors, later than taking further recognized contributors to hearing sensitivity into report.

Hearing impairment has been linked with social isolation and despair, cognitive turndown and incident dementia, an elevated tendency for falls and hospitalizations, and elevated mortality.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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