Hearing loss is about twice as common in people with diabetes. Hearing depends on small blood vessels and nerves in the inner ear. Studies have shown that people with diabetes have a higher rate of hearing loss than people without diabetes. Although the relationship between diabetes and hearing loss is still being investigated, researchers theorize that, over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the blood vessels and nerves of the inner ear, diminishing the ability to hear. Little Rock Audiology is urging those with diabetes to get their hearing checked and to make it a routine part of the their diabetes care and management.