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Miracle-Ear is joining the Better Hearing Institute to raise awareness of the connection between diabetes and hearing loss.

During the month of March, Miracle-Ear will hold free hearing screenings at both office locations, Miracle-Ear in Hot Springs, 501-520-4327, or the Hot Springs Village location, 501-984-5250, where people in the community will be able set an appointment for a free screening and receive additional information regarding the impact of diabetes in relation to hearing.

"An appointment is required and they will go quickly. Please call today to set your appointment," a news release said.

Hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes compared to those who do not have the disease, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Yet hearing screenings oftentimes are not part of the regular regimen of care that people with diabetes receive, nor do many doctors in today's health care system include hearing health as a routine part of annual exams.

"Knowing your risk of diabetes enables you to take action to preserve your health," said Tammy Payne, licensed hearing specialist. "People with diabetes need to be aware of their hearing health to ensure they get the treatment they need for any hearing loss they may suffer. Because diabetes requires such careful lifestyle management, it is critically important that people with diabetes get their hearing checked regularly. Diabetes is hard enough. It doesn't need to be compounded by leaving potentially related hearing loss unaddressed."

Diabetes is a serious disease that strikes nearly 26 million children and adults in the United States, and a quarter of them -- 7 million -- do not even know they have it. An additional 79 million, or one in three American adults, have pre-diabetes, which puts them at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Recent estimates project that as many as one in three American adults will have diabetes in 2050 unless we take the steps to Stop Diabetes.

"For years, physicians who treat people with diabetes have regularly ensured that their patients receive regular vision checkups," said Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D., BHI's executive director. "They also need to encourage each of their patients to get their hearing checked as well."

Numerous studies have linked untreated hearing loss to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions, including irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension, stress, depression, avoidance or withdrawal from social situations, social rejection and loneliness, reduced alertness and increased risk to personal safety, impaired memory and ability to learn new tasks, reduced job performance and earning power, and diminished psychological and overall health.

"American Diabetes Association Alert Day is a tremendously valuable initiative because it prompts people to take a simple Diabetes Risk Test and to make changes in the way they live so they can preserve their health," said Kochkin. "It's also important that people with diabetes understand that they may be at an increased risk of hearing loss. We urge anyone with diabetes to take advantage of the free Hearing Screening offered by Miracle-Ear."

Business on 03/04/2019

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