Diabetes and hearing: Did you know?
- If you have diabetes, your risk of developing hearing loss is twice as high compared to those not living with diabetes.
- In people with pre-diabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30 percent higher than those with normal blood glucose levels.
Are you experiencing any of the following?
- Difficulty understanding people, especially in group situations
- The need to have instructions repeated
- A high volume level on the TV or stereo
- Difficulty hearing telephone conversations
- Difficulty when people are speaking in another room
- Withdrawal from social situations
If so, you may need a hearing test. Diabetes Ireland facilities the Pure Tone Audiometry test at our Care Centre
What is the difference between a pure tone audiometry test and a high street hearing test??
- The Pure Tone Audiometry test is more in-depth than a simple high street hearing screen.
- A Pure Tone Audiometry test includes air conduction and bone conduction testing at all frequencies to find the patients threshold (baseline) results.
- If there is a hearing loss it will show whether it is sensorineural or conductive.
- You will be provided with your results on the spot and be advised of the next step.
- All test are carried out by a registered and accredited audiologist.
What is an audiologist?
An audiologist is a health care professional who has achieved an academic qualification in audiology, who specialises in evaluating and treating people with hearing loss.
What happens after the pure tone audiometry test?
The audiologist categorises patients into appropriate recall levels to monitor any changes:
- If Hearing falls in the defined normal area – Patient will be offered a recall test in two years.
- If Hearing falls within the defined mild area – Patient will be offered a recall test in one year.
- If a Medical Referral is required the patient will be advised and given the results.
- Hearing that would benefit from amplification, will be advised of a free hearing aid trial
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