BHI Promotes World Diabetes Day

November 2, 2009


Diabetes poses a multitude of health risks to the more than 250 million people worldwide who are now living with the disease. But many do not understand the threat the disease also may pose to their hearing health. Alarmingly, their doctors may not be fully cognizant of the risk either.

According to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes compared to those who do not have the disease. Yet hearing screenings typically are not part of the regular regimen of care that people with diabetes are routinely recommended to receive.

To help ensure that people with diabetes get the hearing healthcare they need, the Better Hearing Institute is joining in the global effort to promote World Diabetes Day—celebrated every November 14. And we’re inviting all hearing health professionals across America to join us in the effort!

BHI is urging anyone with diabetes to take our quick and confidential online hearing test today at www.hearingcheck.org to determine if they need a comprehensive hearing check by a hearing professional.

Hearing health professionals may download our 2009 World Diabetes Day e-Education Toolkit at http://old.betterhearing.org/professionals/tools.cfm (Under World Diabetes Day Campaign).  It consists of the following:

  • BHI Instructions for World Diabetes Day
  • Diabetes and Hearing Health Backgrounder
  • Customizable Press Release for World Diabetes Day
  • OpEd News feature article: “People With Diabetes More Likely to Suffer Hearing Loss

World Diabetes Day presents an important opportunity for the entire hearing healthcare community to take a leadership role in helping to ensure that people with diabetes get the information and hearing care they need. We encourage and greatly appreciate your participation.