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April 1975

Hearing and Diabetic Neuropathy

Author Affiliations

From the Coney Island Hospital affiliated with Maimonides Medical Center (Drs. Friedman and Schulman), the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center (Dr. Friedman), and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Mr. Weiss), Brooklyn, NY.

Arch Intern Med. 1975;135(4):573-576. doi:10.1001/archinte.1975.00330040085014

Hearing was studied audiometrically in 20 diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy, and the results were compared with those from a group of normal, age-matched subjects. Although the patients gave no history of hearing loss or ear disease, 11 (55%) had symmetrical sensorineural hearing loss involving at least one frequency. Regression analysis demonstrated significantly higher hearing thresholds for the diabetic group at nine of 11 frequencies tested. Decreased hearing acuity in diabetes mellitus may be related to neuropathy of the auditory nerve.

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