Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) November 3, 2010
Miracle-Ear and the American Diabetes Association are working together this month to help raise awareness about the correlation between diabetes and hearing loss. During the month of November 2010, Miracle-Ear will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association for every hearing test completed in a Miracle-Ear Center (up to a maximum of $50,000).
While doctors have long suspected a relationship between hearing loss and diabetes, research to prove the connection has only come to light in the past decade. A 2008 study of diabetes and hearing loss used data from a national survey to assess the prevalence of hearing loss in diabetics. After comparing the hearing loss levels of more than 5,100 adults, the study concluded that hearing loss is about twice as common in people with diabetes than in people without diabetes.
The study also found that this higher risk of hearing loss does not seem to have a connection with other common causes of hearing loss. Instead, Diabetes seems to be an independent risk-factor for the condition. This is presumably because hearing function relies upon small blood vessels. These vessels are prone to damage by high blood glucose levels that are characteristic of uncontrolled diabetes over an extended period of time. Damaged blood vessels also cause other diabetes complications like eye, kidney and nerve diseases.
Miracle-Ear’s sponsorship of the American Diabetes Association not only aims to raise money for diabetes research, education and advocacy, but will also help promote hearing tests as an important part of general health. Hearing tests are available free of charge at Miracle-Ear locations nationwide and typically include a consultation about personal hearing health history, a thorough hearing evaluation and an orientation on hearing aid options. It is helpful to bring along a companion for speech-recognition testing.
Miracle-Ear – a leader in the hearing aid industry– constantly strives to help individuals overcome the barriers of hearing loss. Find out more about hearing loss, hearing tests and the digital hearing aid brand by visiting http://www.hearingaids.miracle-ear.com.
Read more: Diabetes and hearing impairment in the United States: audiometric evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999 to 2004, by Kathleen E. Bainbridge and colleagues. Annals of Internal Medicine 149:1-10, 2008.