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Studies On Hearing Loss Discovers New Causes

diabetes mellitus and sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) has been studied for more than a century. In order to examine the effects of diabetes on the cochlea, researchers have conducted the first study to quantitatively analyze the changes in the cochlea due to type 1 diabetes mellitus.

The researchers studied the temporal bones from patients with juvenile onset diabetes (insulin-dependent.) The results show that type 1 diabetes mellitus results in changes of the cochlea which are likely to result in hearing loss. This study suggests that type 1 diabetes mellitus can subsequently cause the degeneration of cochlear lateral walls and outer hair cells.

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Medindia on Hearing Loss: Further information

Hearing loss: Losing the ability to hear sounds may be due to infection, blockage or damage to the ear. Other kinds of hearing loss may be due to damage to the pathway through which the sound waves travel from the hair cells of the inner ear to the auditory nerves. The probable causes of this may be age, disease, infections, tumor or stroke.

Diabetes: Diabetes affects the population in terms of affecting the metabolism of blood glucose and impaired function of the insulin that helps in controlling the blood sugar levels. The main risk factors for diabetes are obesity, physical inactivity, genetic influence and age related factors. Recent studies have shown that low birth weight is also another risk factor for the disease.


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