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Better Hearing Institute Urges People with Diabetes to Get Their Hearing Checked; Joins in Global Effort to Promote World Diabetes Day
Date:11/2/2009

This year, for the very first time, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is joining in the global effort to promote World Diabetes Day, which is celebrated every year on November 14, and is urging anyone with diabetes to get their hearing checked. To help in the effort, BHI has made available a free, quick, and confidential online hearing test at www.hearingcheck.org to help people with diabetes determine if they need a comprehensive hearing check by a hearing professional.

(PRWEB) November 2, 2009 -- This year, for the very first time, the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is joining in the global effort to promote World Diabetes Day, which is celebrated every year on November 14, and is urging anyone with diabetes to get their hearing checked. To help in the effort, BHI has made available a free, quick, and confidential online hearing test at www.hearingcheck.org to help people with diabetes determine if they need a comprehensive hearing check by a hearing professional.

Hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes compared to those who do not have the disease, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Yet hearing screenings typically are not part of the regular regimen of care that people with diabetes are routinely recommended to receive.

“For years, physicians who treat people with diabetes have regularly ensured that their patients receive regular vision check-ups,” said Sergei Kochkin, PhD, BHI’s executive director. “But they also need to encourage each of their patients to get their hearing checked as well.”

World Diabetes Day (WDD) is the primary global awareness
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