Plymouth, Minn — HearPO, a division of Amplifon has announced a national strategic partnership with the American Diabetes Association. This strategic partnership will provide additional resources and avenues to educate people with diabetes, medical practitioners and the general public about the connection between diabetes and hearing loss.

Together the American Diabetes Association and HearPO are working to locate and treat diabetic patients who, for whatever reason, have not been diagnosed or treated for existing hearing loss.

"We are pleased HearPO is joining with us to spread the word that there is a direct correlation between diabetes and hearing loss,” says Nash M. Childs, PE, chair of the board, American Diabetes Association. “More specifically, we’d like to educate older adults with diabetes, as this population faces many issues in managing their disease and through this relationship we’ll be able to provide additional tools and resources.”

Patients with diabetes are more than twice as likely as those without the disease to have hearing loss, according to a recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) study. More than 34 million Americans are affected by hearing loss, which can be fully corrected in 95% of all cases. Many of those affected are people with diabetes. HearPO and the American Diabetes Association are collaborating using several outreach methods to encourage people to be tested and treated where necessary.

HearPO will offer testing sites and educational seminars in conjunction with the 2011 American Diabetes Association EXPO season which draws roughly 70,000 participants, particularly those living with diabetes.

The company will also publish a booklet, “Diabetes & Older Americans,” in 2011 that will focus on the broad health needs of older adults diagnosed with diabetes. This educational resource will also spread awareness about the incidence of hearing loss among Americans with diabetes. 

In additiona, the ADA’s Web site,, will now feature expanded content about hearing loss as a complication of diabetes. One of the featured topics will include hearing impairment and strategies for dealing with it. Specifically, the Association will provide a link from the “Treatment & Care” page to the newly added information related to hearing impairment.

Users on the Association site will also be linked to the HearPO’s locator function to learn where they can get a hearing screening and take part in HearPO discount programs.

The Association will offer visitors on the site the opportunity to download a PDF version of the “Diabetes & Older Americans” Educational Booklet, or the chance to request a copy by calling 1-800-DIABETES. 

SOURCE: Amplifon