People Living with Diabetes:
Consider Having a Hearing 
Evaluation1* 

Hearing Loss Facts
Hearing loss is twice as common in people living with diabetes compared to
those people without diabetes.1* 


A research survey conducted in the United States from 1999 to 2004 in more than 5,000 individuals demonstrated that hearing loss
appeared in:
1* 

n = 399
(95% CI, 15.0% to 27.5%)
 

n = 4,741
(95% CI, 8.2% to 10.5%)
 

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*National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999 to 2004. 5,140 (2,516 males; 2,624 females) noninstitutionalized adults age 20 to 69 years who had audiometric testing. Hearing impairment was assessed from the pure tone average of thresholds over low or mid-frequencies (500, 1000, and 2000 Hz) and high frequencies (3000, 4000, 6000, and 8000 Hz) and was defined as mild or greater
severity (pure tone average >25 decibels hearing level [dB HL]) and moderate or greater severity (pure tone average >40 dB HL). Hearing impairment was more prevalent among adults with diabetes. Age-adjusted prevalence of low- or mid-frequency hearing impairment of mild or greater severity in the worse ear was 21.3% (95% CI, 15.0% to 27.5%) among 399 adults with diabetes compared with 9.4% (CI, 8.2% to 10.5%) among 4741 adults without diabetes. Similarly, age-adjusted prevalence of high-frequency hearing impairment of mild or greater severity in the worse ear was 54.1% (CI, 45.9% to 62.3%) among those with diabetes compared with 32.0% (CI, 30.5% to 33.5%) among those without diabetes. The association between diabetes and hearing impairment was independent of known risk factors for hearing impairment, such as noise exposure, ototoxic medication use, and smoking (adjusted odds ratios for low- or mid-frequency and high-frequency hearing impairment were 1.82 [CI, 1.27 to 2.60] and 2.16 [CI, 1.47 to 3.18], respectively). The diagnosis of diabetes was based on self-report. The investigators could not distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Noise exposure was based on participant recall