Diabetes-Hearing Loss Connection Spurs BHI To Urge Hearing Checks For World Diabetes Day, American Diabetes MonthÂ®
According to BHI, the vast majority of people with hearing loss, including those with diabetes, can benefit from hearing aids. In fact, studies show that when people with mild-to-profound hearing loss use hearing aids, they experience decreased depressive symptoms, anxiety and emotional instability; significant improvements in quality of life and functional health status; and have significantly higher self-concepts compared to individuals with hearing loss who do not wear hearing aids. U.S. research also shows that the use of hearing aids reduces the risk of income loss, and that those who use hearing aids are twice as likely to be employed as their peers who do not use hearing aids.
According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), 366 million people worldwide had diabetes in 2011, and by 2030 this figure will rise to 552 million.
For more information on diabetes and hearing loss and how hearing aids may help, visit http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/seniors/hearing-loss/.
About BHIFounded in 1973, BHI conducts research and engages in hearing health education with the goal of helping people with hearing loss benefit from proper treatment. For more information on hearing loss, visit www.betterhearing.org. To take the BHI Quick Hearing Check, visit www.hearingcheck.org. To participate in the discussion forum, visit www.betterhearing.org, click on "Discussion Forum," and go to "Welcome!" to register. Media Contact:The Better Hearing Institute Fabia@betterhearing.org SOURCE The Better Hearing Institute (BHI)
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