Diabetics, who were warned for years that their illness could cause blindness, are in for more bad news, as doctors have claimed that the patients are more likely to lose their hearing, too.
Japanese research has found that hearing problems are far more common in diabetics than their healthy counterparts, even when other factors such as ageing and a noisy environment are taken into account, the Daily Mail reported.
Lead author of the study, Chika Horikawa of Niigata University, said: “We found that people with diabetes had more than two times higher prevalence of hearing impairment than those without diabetes.”
Several studies have investigated the relationship between diabetes and hearing impairment but their findings were inconsistent.
However, links have been made between hearing loss and other conditions such as dementia and depression.