The connection between diabetes and hearing loss.

“The American Diabetes Association and iHEAR have a strong commitment to improving the quality of life for millions of Americans who are affected daily by their diabetes or hearing loss, or both combined.

With the prevalence of hearing loss among diabetics, and as someone who lives with type 2 diabetes, I recognize the significance of innovative new technologies such as what the iHEARtest is providing, that give our population the ability to affordably and easily monitor our own hearing and then make informed decisions about the available solutions.”

Tracey D. Brown
CEO of the American Diabetes Association

iHEAR and the American Diabetes Association (ADA)

iHEAR Medical is proud to be a National Strategic Partner of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). iHEAR fully supports the American Diabetes Association’s mission to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

"With 48 million Americans suffering from hearing loss – many of whom also have diabetes or prediabetes – iHEAR is honored to align with the American Diabetes Association as a National Strategic Partner and help with awareness and education for people with diabetes.

Given their high rate of hearing loss, people with diabetes should be aware of their risk and consider monitoring their hearing annually. iHEAR is proud to partner with the American Diabetes Association to provide this much needed focus on hearing loss. This will be a major part of our corporate social responsibility initiative around diabetes.”

John Luna
CEO of iHEAR Medical, Inc.

Facts About Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Diabetes affects over 30 million adults in America. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, it can be managed. Self-monitoring is a critical element of maintaining good control. People with diabetes are encouraged to monitor their blood sugar levels, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Eating a low-fat, low-sugar, and lower calorie diet and making sure you exercise regularly can also help you manage your diabetes.

What's the connection between type 2 diabetes and hearing loss? More than 34 million people in the US have some type of hearing loss. Hearing loss and diabetes mellitus seem to be linked, as people with diabetes are more than twice as likely to have hearing loss compared to people without diabetes. Hearing loss due to type II diabetes seems to start early, as people with pre-diabetes (elevated blood sugar levels) have a rate of hearing loss that's 30 percent higher than the general population.

Like diabetes, hearing loss can’t be reversed, but you can do something about it, through self-monitoring and appropriate hearing amplification. iHEAR offers a full array of affordable hearing aids.

Does type 2 diabetes cause hearing loss?

At the moment the exact connection between type 2 diabetes and sensorineural hearing loss isn't exactly clear. However, these facts from the American Diabetes Association demonstrate how diabetes mellitus type 2 and hearing loss are intertwined:

  • Much like the onset of Type 2 diabetes, the initial signs of hearing loss are often easy to miss or ignore.
  • The effects of neuropathy associated with diabetes such as what occurs in the eyes, feet, and legs also occurs in the inner ear. Increased glucose levels in the blood might also cause damage to the blood vessels in the ear, affecting hearing.

Actions Diabetics Can Take About Hearing Loss

  • Start screening your hearing annually. The iHEARtest™ is the only FDA-cleared Home Hearing Screener that lets you monitor your hearing and find your Hearing Number™ from the comfort of your home. You can purchase the iHEARtest and other iHEAR products on and other pharmacies and retailers in the Home Diagnostics section or online: Where to Buy.

Type II diabetes hearing loss treatment

  • If you have type II diabetes, hearing loss aids can help you hear better. Learn more about our affordable hearing aid devices.
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