Kathleen E. Bainbridge, PhD, MPH; Howard J. Hoffman, MA; Catherine C. Cowie, PhD, MPH
Bainbridge KE, Hoffman HJ, Cowie CC. Diabetes and Hearing Impairment in the United States: Audiometric Evidence from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999 to 2004. Ann Intern Med. 2008;149:1-10. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-149-1-200807010-00231
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2008;149(1):1-10.
Previous studies have hinted at an association between diabetes mellitus and hearing impairment.
Using data from a national survey, the investigators found a higher prevalence of hearing impairment among persons with diabetes than in those without diabetes (21% vs. 9%).
Diabetes was self-reported and was verified in only a small proportion of participants. The investigators did not distinguish between type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Hearing impairment is common among adults with diabetes.
Values are averaged over both ears and presented by diagnosed diabetes status among U.S. adults, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1999–2004. dB HL = decibels hearing level. A. Participants age 20 to 69 years (n = 5140), age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. Census. B. Participants age 20 to 29 years (n = 1209). This panel should be interpreted with caution; the data are based on only 10 people (most of whom probably have type 1 diabetes), and age differed between participants with diabetes and those without. C. Participants age 30 to 39 years (n = 1084). D. Participants age 40 to 49 years (n = 1036). E. Participants age 50 to 59 years (n = 838). F. Participants age 60 to 69 years (n = 973).
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