Hearing Loss and Diabetes
Hearing Loss and Diabetes are linked and we’ll find out how. Let’s admit that every body part that we have is important. That should go without saying, but I said it anyway. What is the connection between hearing loss and diabetes? We shall discuss it in a little while. We never want to lose our ability to hear. Hearing loss prevention is something that should be addressed and not be delayed.
Have you ever had a problem with your hearing at some point in your life? I know that I have. Thankfully, it was a temporary situation such as an ear infection or water built up in my ears.Thankfully it wasn’t related to diabetes. Prevention should be the key to being diagnosed with any health issue when given the choice.
Growing up as a kid, I had more of my share of ear infections. Why? I know my parents smoked heavily and that may have played a role in the ear infections. I know that smoking is a bad health habit and can cause multiple health issues. I look back at my childhood and God forbid I didn’t have my hearing, then what kind of life would that have been? Mom took me to the doctor for checkups and when I was sick. Ear infections are painful especially when you’re just a child.
The causes of hearing loss
Noise exposure is the major cause of hearing loss. There are tiny hair cells in your ear that can be damaged by loud noise such as music. These hair cells cannot be replaced once destroyed. This kind of hearing loss produced by everyday happenings is totally preventable. Did anyone ever say to you before something was about to happen, “Cover your ears!” Sudden noises can do harm.
If you are constantly exposed to loud sounds, such as music concerts or a jackhammer on the street, then you could potentially wind up with a hearing loss.
Medications and drugs can have an adverse effect on you for sure.
Otoxic drugs can affect some of your hearing. Otoxicity according to http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com is defined as: a drug or chemical damage to the inner ear. This section of the ear contains both the hearing mechanism and the vestibulocochlear nerve, the nerve that sends hearing and balance information to the brain. Because of this, ototoxic drugs may cause lack of hearing, and loss of sense of balance.
Examples of some of these drugs are:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Chemotherapy drugs
Signs of damage to the inner ear are:
- Development of ringing in the ears known as tinnitus. I’m very familiar with tinnitus as I’ve experienced it many times in my life.
- The awareness of new sounds as a result of intense tinnitus.
- A developing loss in the ear that’s been unaffected at first.
- Vertigo or spinning sensation and the possibility of having nausea.
How to keep your hearing healthy
It’s all about keeping track of how much sound and more importantly loud sound that you are exposed to. Hearing loss due that is noise related is irreversible. When you get damage to the tiny hair cells in your ears, this is most likely the cause of deafness. This is the last thing that you want.
I see things this way: If you know the potential damages to your body and and you can prevent it, why wouldn’t you? My health and is the most important thing to me and it should be for you too. My mom used to say, “If you’ve got your health, you’ve got everything!” She was 100% correct! We are all here on this planet to help one another. I’m here to try and help you, the same way many people have helped me. It’s always a great feeling if you can help someone out.
Listen, (no pun intended) sometimes we take things for granted and don’t realize it until it’s gone. Don’t take anything for granted. You want to be able to live a happy and healthy life and want to be able to see and hear things each and every day. It’s extremely important that you take steps to prevent any hearing loss especially if you have diabetes.
Exposure to noise and how much is harmful
I think the most obvious fact here is to avoid loud noises. Personally, I never liked loud noise and also sudden noises bother me. I play music and listen on my headphones but never too loudly. Have you ever noticed if you go to the movies how loud the previews and advertisements can be? Even concerts and live events are WAY too noisy for my liking.
So how much noise is TOO loud? The basis for possible damage to your hearing is not just the amount of decibels you’re exposed to but for how long as well. All the experts agree that being exposed over time to any noise at 80-85 decibels can cause hearing loss. When you’re younger we are exposed to more noise and don’t seem to care. But as we get older our hearing changes and it’s more noticeable.
Common sense tells you that the best way to avoid loud noise is to stay away from it. Be cautious and aware if you are in a working environment or other environment that could affect your hearing. Staying away from big noisy loudspeakers and wearing earplugs is a wise thing to do.
If you’re experiencing a rather dull hearing or ringing in your ears (I’ve had that and it is so annoying) from listening to loud noise for too long and that’s too loud, then this could be an indication of damage to your hearing but this could be the case too even without those symptoms.
Decibel loudness examples
Ear piercing pain
- Fireworks within a 3 foot ranges- 150 dB
- Firearms or an airplane jet engine- 140 dB
- A jackhammer- 130 dB
- Any kind of siren, rock concert, or a plane taking off- 120 dB
- Chain saw, car horn, or mP3 music headphones at highest volume- 110 dB
- Snow blower machine or lawnmower- 106 dB
- Power drills, motor bikes- 100 dB
Moderate to normal to low noise
- Alarm clock, vacuum cleaner- 70 dB
- Washer, dryer, dishwasher, normal conversations- 60 dB
- Rainfall- 50 dB
- Quiet library or a whispering voice- 30 dB
Hearing loss and diabetes
So the fact is that over 16% of folks in the United States alone have hearing loss and it’s sure not declining. The rate doubles with having diabetes! You can avoid and control this with controlling your blood sugar and testing it frequently. It’s like other conditions cause by diabetes, so if you have it, control it and you lessen the chances of losing your hearing. Anything and everything that you do that can reduce the chances of experiencing hearing loss is worth it. I know. That’s why I got my blood sugar under control.
Tips to save your hearing and prevent hearing loss
- Turn the music DOWN! Your ears will thank you for it by functioning properly.
- Don’t smoke or quit now. Smoking doesn’t do even one positive thing for you.
- Medication risks. Check with your doctor for any medication that could harm your hearing.
- Stay away from loud noises as much as possible. Limit your exposure.
- Too much noise is harmful. Put aside time for quiet.
- Wear ear protection especially if you’re somewhere where’s it’s very loud.
- Lower the TV. It’s another thing we do a lot of and that we can adjust the volume.
- Listening to music should be no more than 60% volume for 60 minutes a day. I would do less.
- Rest periods from loud noises. You’ll need about 16 hours to recover from a loud noise concert or such.
- Have your hearing checked often.
- Clean your ears properly. Don’t use cotton swabs or Q-tips. Buy an irrigation system that you can wash out the wax at home.
Treating your hearing and why it’s important
You don’t want to live without your hearing. It’s worse to ignore it and not address it. There are hearing aids and drugs that can help with hearing loss. The newer hearing aids can fit inside the ear and not appear to be so large and bulky. The key is to be on top of it, especially in children. I remember as a child having ear infections all the time. It’s something my mom addressed by having me be seen by the doctor without hesitating.
We have to understand how noisy life is. As long as we stay aware of health issues before they become a major problem, then there are options to improve the situation. You don’t want anything in your everyday life to negatively affect your health no matter what it is. I always took my kids to the doctor when they were young to make sure they would get back to normal healthy quickly.
My goal was to help you be aware of hearing loss and diabetes before it gets to a condition that is harder or impossible to restore. This especially goes for having diabetes because it can be a factor in your hearing loss. So please keep a check on diabetes and see your doctor! I would appreciate it if you would leave any comments you have and I will respond ASAP! Thank you for reading!