Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes have been associated with causing hearing loss in patients. What causes or contributes to hearing loss in people with diabetes isn’t clear. It’s known that high blood sugar can damage blood vessels throughout the body, including your ears. A complication of diabetes is nerve damage. It’s possible that damage to the auditory nerves could lead to hearing loss.


Diabetes and Hearing Loss
Over time, blood sugar levels that are too high or too low can damage nerves that affect your hearing. Learn how you can help prevent hearing loss if you have diabetes.

ASL Resources for Deaf Awareness Month – September 2021

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