Don’t Let Diabetes Leave You Out…

Hearing loss is about twice as common in people with diabetes, so Beltone of Iowa is urging those with diabetes to get their hearing checked and to make it a routine part of the their diabetes care and management—all in recognition of American Diabetes Association Alert Day® on March 25. Beltone of Iowa is offering a free, quick, and confidential online hearing check at Beltone Hearing Test. Anyone can take the confidential online survey to determine if they need a comprehensive hearing test by a hearing healthcare professional.
Beltone of Iowa also is encouraging all adults to find out if they’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes by taking the American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Risk Test (ow.ly/uvLST). Although Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test and the Beltone Hearing Test are available year-round.

What’s the Diabetes-Hearing Health Connection?

Hearing depends on small blood vessels and nerves in the inner ear. Studies have shown that people with diabetes have a higher rate of hearing loss than people without diabetes. Although the relationship between diabetes and hearing loss is still being investigated, researchers theorize that, over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the blood vessels and nerves of the inner ear, diminishing the ability to hear. (http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jun2008/niddk-16.htm)

How Hearing Aids May Help

Research shows that hearing loss is frequently associated with other physical, mental, and emotional health conditions, and that people who address their hearing loss often experience better quality of life. Eight out of 10 hearing aid users, in fact, say they’re satisfied with the changes that have occurred in their lives specifically due to their hearing aids—from how they feel about themselves to the positive changes they see in their relationships, social interactions, and work lives. When people with even mild hearing loss use hearing aids, they often improve their job performance; enhance their communication skills; increase their earnings potential; improve their professional and interpersonal relationships; stave off depression; gain an enhanced sense of control over their lives; and better their quality of life.

Here are four little-known facts about today’s modern hearing aids:

1. They’re virtually invisible. Many of today’s hearing aids sit discreetly and comfortably inside the ear canal, providing both natural sound quality, and discreet and easy use.

2. They automatically adjust to all kinds of soundscapes. Recent technological advances with directional microphones have made hearing aids far more versatile than ever before—and in a broad range of sound environments.

3. You can enjoy water sports and sweat while wearing them. Water resistant digital hearing aids have arrived. This feature is built into some newly designed hearing aids for those concerned about water, humidity, and dust. This feature suits the active lifestyles of skiers, snowboarders, intensive sports enthusiasts and anyone working in dusty, demanding environments.

4. They work with smartphones, home entertainment systems and other prized electronics. Wireless, digital hearing aids are now the norm. That means seamless connectivity—directly into your hearing aid(s) at volumes that are just right for you—from your smartphone, MP3 player, television and other high-tech gadgets.

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