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Health Tip: Diabetes May Contribute to Hearing Loss

-- Diabetics are twice as likely as non-diabetics to have hearing loss, according to the American Diabetes Association. It's thought that diabetes damages the small blood vessels and nerves in the inner-ear, the ADA says.

The association suggests diabetics heed these warning signs of hearing loss:

  • Asking people frequently to repeat themselves.
  • Having trouble keeping track of conversations with more than two participants.
  • Noticing that other people appear to be mumbling.
  • Having difficulty hearing in places where there's loud noise.
  • Having difficulty hearing young children and women.
  • Needing to turn the radio or TV louder than is comfortable for others.
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Posted: February 2011