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Diabetics Twice as Likely to Have Hearing Loss; New York HearUSA Centers to Offer Free Hearing Screening and Diabetes Video in March
Date:2/23/2010

'>EAR) company-owned hearing care centers in New York State will be offering free hearing-loss screenings, along with a free 80-minute Living With Diabetes video produced by the American Diabetes Association, to anyone with diabetes during the entire month of March.

People with diabetes are twice as likely to have hearing loss than those who do not have diabetes, according to a National Institutes of Health landmark study. The study's researchers recommended that all men and women with diabetes have their hearing tested.

"Based on the findings of the NIH study, five million Americans living with diabetes also have hearing loss that, in many cases, remains undetected and untreated," said Dr. Cindy Beyer, audiologist and senior vice president of HearUSA, one of America's largest hearing care and hearing aids companies.

The study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In its editorial, the publication said, "In many cases of mild to moderate hearing loss, patients are not aware of what they cannot hear; thus, screening for hearin
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