Being attentive to your hearing health is important, but it is even more important when you’re diabetic. According to the Better Hearing Institute (BHI), hearing loss is more common in people with diabetes. Routine hearing tests are often overlooked and many people don’t find out they have hearing loss until it’s too late.
So, what can someone with diabetes do to improve their hearing health?
Hearing Health Tips for Diabetics
Luckily, the BHI has compiled a step-by-step guide of five habits that diabetic people can pick up to improve their hearing health. In this article, we share the highlights, edited and adapted from the BHI website.
- Keep Blood Sugar Controlled – Blood sugar levels affect many things in your body—including heart, eyes, and nerves—and should never be neglected. Follow your doctor’s advice on keeping your blood sugar stable within certain parameters. Also follow your treatment protocols as well.
- Ear Protection – One of the best way to prevent hearing loss—other than complete abstinence from loud noise—is to protect your ears from sound beyond a safe threshold. Simple steps that can minimize exposure include turning down the volume on your earphones; using ear protection like ear plugs or earmuffs to protect yourself from noisy environments like concerts or gun ranges; limiting the use of headphones or ear buds; and even plugging your ears with your fingers if a loud noise takes you by surprise and you don’t have ear protection handy (ie, backfiring engine or fireworks).
- Using Hearing Aids – Modern technology has made clunky, noticeable, or unattractive hearing aids a thing of the past. The latest hearing aids are smaller, more stylish, and technologically advanced. Today’s hearing aids are wireless and connect with your smartphone, TV, or other electronics for convenient streaming.
- Keep a Healthy Lifestyle – This is important for everyone, however, it’s even more critical for those with a chronic disease like diabetes. Quitting smoking, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight and diet helps keep your diabetes in check. It also helps prevent hearing loss.
- Get Regular Hearing Exams – Make this a part of your routine healthcare regimen, much like a visit to your endocrinologist or eye doctor. If you suddenly have trouble hearing things that used to be clear, make an appointment sooner rather than later.
Now that you’ve decided to treat your hearing health, how do you go about paying for it? That’s where CareCredit comes in as an easy way to help spread out the cost of your hearing health over time. Who knew it could be that easy?