WASHINGTON, March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —
The Better Hearing Institute (BHI) is highlighting the connection between diabetes and hearing health and is urging all Americans to take the Diabetes Risk Test and the Across America Hearing Check Challenge on American Diabetes Association Alert Day(SM). This year, Diabetes Alert Day is on March 22 and kicks off the “Join the Million Challenge” — a month-long effort to rally one millionpeople to take the Diabetes Risk Test by April 22 to find out if they are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes compared to those who do not have the disease, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Yet hearing screenings typically are not part of the regular regimen of care that people with diabetes are routinely recommended to receive. Nor do the vast majority of doctors in today’s health care system include hearing health as a routine part of annual exams.
“Hearing loss affects virtually every aspect of a person’s life, making it all the harder for people with diabetes to cope with their disease,” said Sergei Kochkin, Ph.D., BHI’s executive director. “A hearing check is invaluable in determining whether or not someone with diabetes does have a hearing loss and will help to ensure that they get the treatment they need.”
The American Diabetes Association Alert Day(SM) is a one-day “wake-up” call to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) encourages people to join the movement to Stop Diabetes by taking the Diabetes Risk Test to find out if they, or their loved ones, are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
To become part of the movement to Stop Diabetes and get a free Diabetes Risk Test (English or Spanish), individuals can visit stopdiabetes.com, call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or text JOIN to 69866 (Standard data and message rates apply). Although Diabetes Alert Day is a one-day event, the Diabetes Risk Test is available year round.
“Diabetes Alert Day is a tremendously valuable initiative because it prompts people to take a simple Diabetes Risk Test and to make changes in the way they live so they can preserve their health,” said Kochkin. “It’s also important that people with diabetes understand that they may be at an increased risk of hearing loss as a result of their disease. We urge anyone with diabetes to take the Across America Hearing Check Challenge, a quick and confidential online hearing test, at www.hearingcheck.org, to determine if they need a comprehensive hearing check by a hearing professional.”
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