Any studies that can provide some insight into prevention or to help those already affected by hearing impairment is a positive step.
(PRWEB UK) 22 November 2012
Many are aware that Diabetes can cause blindness if not controlled and treated properly, now a study has shown it may also cause deafness.
A Japanese research study has found that hearing problems are more common in diabetics than those who do not have the illness, even when other factors such as ageing and noise levels are taken into account.
Chika Horikawa of Niigata University who lead the study stated that: "We found that people with diabetes had more than two times higher prevalence of hearing impairment than those without diabetes. The association of hearing impairment with diabetes is controversial, but it is believed that over time, high blood glucose levels can damage vessels (and in turn cause hearing loss).
"Our results propose that diabetic patients should be screened for hearing impairment from an early age compared with non-diabetics, from the viewpoint of prevention of several health problems such as depression and dementia caused by hearing impairment."
A spokesperson from the UK’s lead supplier of hearing aids, Hidden Hearing commented:
"Any studies that can provide some insight into prevention or to help those already affected by hearing impairment is a positive step. The study highlights how important it is to keep your health in check and look after yourself, even from an early age."
Hidden Hearing continue to support and help those affected by hearing impairments throughout the UK.
With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss,Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.