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SUNY Downstate: Faculty Publish Research Linking Diabetes and Hearing Loss

Dr. Elizabeth Helzner, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University – School of Public Health, alongside colleague Dr. Rachael Baiduc, assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, recently conducted a review of the epidemiological data linking diabetes and hearing loss.

Cross-sectional studies consistently suggest that prevalence of hearing loss is higher in people with diabetes compared with those without, especially among younger people. Longitudinal studies have also demonstrated higher incidence of hearing loss in people with diabetes. These findings seem to hold for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, although considerably more population-based evidence is available for type 2 diabetes. With the ever increasing burden of diabetes in the population, these findings underscore the importance of regular assessment of hearing among people with diabetes.

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