More than 34 million people (about 1 in 10 US residents) have diabetes and another 88 million (a third of the population) have pre-diabetes, and hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don’t have the disease.

Researchers examining the link between hearing loss and lifestyle factors believe that hearing healthcare can play an important role in diabetes management. This special feature report, written by The Hearing Review and sponsored by Hamilton® CapTel®, reviews the science that links diabetes and hearing-related disorders, looks at diabetes care within the evolving value-based healthcare system, and provides information about how hearing care and early intervention can improve the lives of people with diabetes.

The special report also covers:

  • How a damaged cochlea may represent a “canary in the coal mine” for people who are at risk for diabetes or pre-diabetes;
  • Why people with diabetes may benefit from a modified approach to hearing aid selection and fitting, as well as hearing aid orientation and counseling;
  • Why our vestibular system is susceptible to “the perfect storm” of diabetes.
  • How the Audiology Project is helping inform physicians and others about the need to include hearing healthcare professionals in diabetes care—and how you can help!

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