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    Hearing loss because of Type 1 ?
    sweetcheeks31529 posted:
    I've been a type 1 for 27 yrs and I need a hearing aid. The audiologist says my particular hearing loss (over 50% loss) is caused by my diabetes. My HMO won't cover an aid for me. Is it possible to have a hearing loss from diabetes? and then doesn't this make it a "medical" need? I'm on the pump and they cover that!
    anon123567 responded:
    I have never heard of hearing loss due to diabetes. Have you done any research on it? Is it a nerve damage thing?

    I'm curious...doctors (at least mine) tend to blame every little problem on the diabetes. Maybe your audiolgist can work soemthing out wit the HMO for you?
    arealgijoe responded:
    One question, are you a US military vet?

    IF you are, try the VA, they may be able to help you with hearing aids.

    sweetcheeks31529 replied to anon123567's response:
    I looked it up on WebMD and it said something about blood supply being less. I had to go ahead a bbuy the aid on my own at costco...$2095.00 for two. I only wear them when I go into meet and mingle with people. Sure is nice to hear better again.
    sbeth654 replied to sweetcheeks31529's response:
    My hearing has degraded quite a bit since being diagnosed 15 years ago, and I have also noticed a deterioration in my sight in low light situations, has anyone else noticed this? I get the OptiMap every year and so far there is no retinopathy, but I still have a hard time seeing inside at night unless all the lights are on.
    jackLopez responded:
    There are really links between diabetes and hearing loss in women . You should not worry right away if you're suffering from hearing loss since it may be caused by other condition. Check with your doctor right away.

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