Hearing Loss Diabetes

You may have heard that you have twice the chance of having some degree of hearing loss than someone who is not diabetic. This is an alarming finding. This puts diabetes and hearing loss at the top in terms of two health concerns in the United States, advises the American Diabetes Association. Did you know that 30 million people have diabetes and 34.5 million people have hearing loss in this country? In fact, now there’s actually been a link proven between the two. Researchers just completed some studies of 20,000 people from the United States, Asia, Brazil and Australia to determine whether diabetes and hearing loss are intertwined. The answer is yes but researchers still don’t know why this is true.

Correlation Between Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Factors like old age and a noisy working environment, which have been known to happen to many people, apparently don’t affect the link between diabetes and hearing problems. Many researchers are testing the theory that high blood glucose levels associated with diabetes can harm your inner ear’s sensitive blood vessels, leading to hearing impairment. It’s no secret that diabetics have problems with their eyes, kidneys and feet. Could their hearing also be affected? More research needs to be done in order to reach a more definitive conclusion. While you could, as a diabetic, control your blood sugar levels better so hearing impairment doesn’t happen, it’s not known if this would indeed work. The hearing loss could actually be attributed to the medications and diuretics that diabetics take to reduce their high blood pressure. The link between diabetes and hearing loss is not in question but we don’t have any conclusive answers as to why yet.

Signs and Symptoms of Hearing Loss

Signs to look out for when wondering if you have hearing loss include if you can’t distinguish words within a large noisy crowd, if words are muffled rather than clear, and if you have others repeat themselves over and over. You don’t want to become an introvert and stop engaging social situations just so you don’t get embarrassed, so take action now and see an audiologist for diagnosis and treatment so you don’t put yourself or others at risk. Usually, a friend or partner will tell you if you display signs of hearing impairment. Visit a doctor is you have any symptoms so you can be diagnosed and begin treatment immediately, as you could suffer from some degree of hearing impairment if you have trouble keeping track of conversations with two or more people, constantly only hear mumbling from others, put the volume on the TV or radio way up, or can’t easily pick out the voices of small children or women.

Testing for Diabetes

Are you a diabetic? Have your hearing tested to help researchers determine what the exact correlation is between the two conditions. Ask for a referral to an audiologist for further testing when you’re at the doctor for a checkup. This is so the two conditions and their connection, if any, can be further explored. While diabetes is linked to several health problems, such as heart disease and vision loss, many doctors still neglect to test the hearing of diabetic. Hopefully, that will change.

Hearing Loops

Hearing loops are being hailed as one of the most novel innovations in the hearing impaired community in several years. This technology combines two different forms of pre-existing tech to help people hear better in an entire room or building. This shows just how far we have come in recent years, that hearing devices are now able to be combined with other technology to improve the lives of millions. In this brief look at hearing loops, we will discuss what they are, where they are being used, and how they function in the world around you.

What Is A Hearing Loop?

A hearing loop is two parts of technology that work together to help individuals in a given area, building or room, hear better and more clearly. One part of the hearing loop is the hearing aids that are worn by many individuals who suffer from hearing loss. The second part of this hearing loop is the physical cable, or loop, which is placed throughout the room to act as a receiver and transmitter of information.

Where Are They Used At?

While there are many that are being used throughout the world, they are typically limited to very large areas such as concert halls, meeting rooms, and convention centers. These hearing loops are important for people to understand performances and presentations, but they need to be built into more areas for higher effectiveness. For example, many groups are pushing for these hearing loops to be put into all mass transit vehicles like trains and buses, and also for all public buildings to be legally required to have a hearing loop available. While it may be a while before that happens, the fact that it is not a costly technology has many people excited about the possibilities.

So How Does It Work?

One of the first questions that people ask is: how can a cable and a hearing aid interact to make a new hearing experience? The cable is fitted with a receiver that picks up sound in a specific area of the room, by a podium for example. The sound is then transmitted to the cable in the form of electromagnetic signals. These signals can be picked up and reinterpreted into sound again once they are picked up by a telecoil.

Most of the hearing aids and cochlear implants that have been made in the last ten years have been made with a telecoil receiver in them. This means that all a person has to do is switch on their telecoil in order to pick up these sounds in their hearing aid deice. The sounds that come through are much clearer and louder than they would be in the room. This allows people in the back of the room to hear what someone is clearly saying at the podium. It is widely believed that this will become one of the biggest changes in hearing devices over the last generation.

Drs. Cavitt and Chaiken Elected to Lead Transcendent National Audiology Organization

(Lexington, Ky.)—The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA), is pleased to announce that Kim Cavitt, Au.D., of Chicago, Illinois, has been elected to serve as its President for 2015.

“Dr. Cavitt brings the perfect mix of knowledge, passion and dedication to ADA that will ensure it continues to provide unrivaled resources and advocacy for its members and the broader audiology community,” said ADA Executive Director, Stephanie Czuhajewski, CAE. “She epitomizes the thoughtful, forward-thinking approach that is necessary to deliver high-quality, patient-centered audiologic care.”

Dr. Cavitt was installed as ADA President during the Annual Member Business Meeting on Friday, November 7th. During the ceremony, Rita Chaiken, Au.D., of Atlanta, Georgia, was installed as ADA’s President-Elect for the upcoming program year.

“It is a tremendous honor to serve as president of the leading national professional association committed to the autonomous practice of audiology and driven by best business and clinical practices,” said Dr. Cavitt. “I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and our members to advance ADA’s mission and the profession of audiology.”

About Dr. Cavitt
Since 2001, Dr. Cavitt has operated her own Audiology consulting firm, Audiology Resources, Inc., located in Chicago, Illinois. Audiology Resources provides comprehensive operational and reimbursement consulting services to hearing healthcare clinics, providers, organizations, buying groups, and manufacturers who want to be better equipped to compete in the managed care and healthcare arenas. In addition to her service on the ADA board of directors, Dr. Cavitt is a member of the State of Illinois Speech Pathology and Audiology Licensure Board, and is an Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern University.

About Dr. Chaiken
Dr. Chaiken currently serves as a consultant for Atlanta Hearing Associates, a private practice with four locations in Georgia. She is a leading expert in cerumen management and travels extensively providing training for students and audiologists alike. Dr. Chaiken is an Adjunct Professor of Audiology at Salus University and was named the 2014 Salus University College of Audiology Alumnus of the Year. Her previous experience includes founding a private audiology practice, which she owned and operated for 12 years. Dr. Chaiken also served as a regional manager for a hearing instrument manufacturer for three years. Dr. Chaiken has been a member of ADA since 1981 and a member of the ADA Board of Directors since 2010.

About the Academy of Doctors of Audiology
The Academy of Doctors of Audiology is dedicated to the advancement of practitioner excellence, high ethical standards, professional autonomy and sound business practices in the provision of quality audiologic care. ADA provides programming, services and resources to audiologists and students who are, or who desire to be autonomous practitioners. Visit www.audiologist.org for more information.

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