Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Ask the Diabetes Team

From Travelers Rest, South Carolina, USA:

My eight year old son, who has had had type 1 diabetes since he was nine months old, uses an insulin pump, and his last hemoglobin A1c was 7.6%. We have recently found out that he has lost 50% of his hearing in his left ear. His ENT doctor had him have an MRI to rule out a tumor (he did not have one), and told us that this is caused by nerve damage, but he did not think it was from diabetes. However, the audiologist thinks that it could be. Have you ever heard of diabetes causing nerve damage in the ears? He has recently received his hearing aid, and seems to be adjusting fine.


I do know that some believe there is an autoimmune form of hearing loss. Ask about it and maybe get a referral to someone who has heard of it. type 1 diabetes is also autoimmune, so maybe he has both.


Original posting 31 Mar 2003
Posted to Other Illnesses


  Back to Ask the Diabetes Team Return to the Top of This Page

Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:44
This Internet site provides information of a general nature and is designed for educational purposes only. If you have any concerns about your own health or the health of your child, you should always consult with a physician or other health care professional.

This site is published by T-1 Today, Inc. (d/b/a Children with Diabetes), a 501c3 not-for-profit organization, which is responsible for its contents. Our mission is to provide education and support to families living with type 1 diabetes.
By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use, Legal Notice, and Privacy Policy.
© Children with Diabetes, Inc. 1995-2018. Comments and Feedback.