Across the U.S., there are nearly 24 million people with diabetes. Another 57 million have higher-than-normal blood glucose levels, indicating that they are likely to develop the disease. It’s no secret that diabetes can impair the heart and circulatory system. What many people don’t realize is that diabetes can also damage the vasculature and neural system of the inner ear, causing hearing loss. In fact, research shows that those with diabetes are twice as likely to have diminished hearing.1
We can all help prevent diabetes and improve the lives of those who already have the disease. That’s why Sonus chose to be a national strategic partner of the American Diabetes Association.
The American Diabetes Association and Sonus are working together to increase diabetes awareness and to educate diabetes patients, as well as the undiagnosed, about hearing loss – one of the many complications associated with diabetes. This collaboration includes outreach programs that encourage testing and treatment when necessary.
Together with the American Diabetes Association, we will make a positive difference in people’s lives.
To get involved with the American Diabetes Association’s Stop Diabetes® movement, visit www.stopdiabetes.com to volunteer, make a donation, share stories, and learn more about preventing and managing diabetes.
1: According to the results of a National Institute of Health landmark study of 5,000 adults, administered from 1999 to 2004 as part of the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.