Identifying Early Onset of Hearing Loss in Young Adults With Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 Using High Frequency Audiometry

  • S. S. Vignesh
  • V. Jaya
  • Anand Moses
  • A. Muraleedharan
Original Article


Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disorder caused by hyperglycemia which leads to dysfunction of various organs. Hearing acuity is equally hindered by this disorder. Among individuals with DM audiological characteristics of DM type 1 are of great concern in the literature. This study aims at establishing high frequency audiometry (HFA) as a useful tool in identifying early onset of hearing loss in individuals with DM type 2. 20 non-diabetic participants and 20 individuals with DM type 2 in the age range of 20–40 years were considered for the study. Subjects in both groups underwent otoscopic examination, PTA at 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2, 4 and 8 kHz and HFA at 9, 10, 11.2, 12.5, 14 and 16 kHz. Results revealed statistically significant difference in thresholds of both PTA and HFA at all frequencies across the group, but the mean threshold difference between the diabetic and non-diabetic group was marked in HFA than in PTA. In the diabetic subjects the thresholds of PTA was within 25 dBHL at all frequencies when compared to the thresholds of HFA. Individuals with DM type 2 showed bilateral symmetrical mild hearing loss in HFA and the hearing loss increased with ascending test frequencies from 9,000 to 16,000 Hz. Mild hearing loss in HFA is an indicator for early onset of hearing loss in DM type 2. Hence this present study emphasis the clinical utility of HFA in young adults with DM type 2.


Diabetes mellitus type 2 Pure tone audiometry High frequency audiometry Minimal hearing loss 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. S. Vignesh
    • 1
  • V. Jaya
    • 1
  • Anand Moses
    • 2
  • A. Muraleedharan
    • 1
  1. 1.Upgraded Institute of Otorhinolaryngology – Institute of Speech and HearingMadras Medical College and Rajiv Gandhi Government General HospitalChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Institute of DiabetologyMadras Medical College and Rajiv Gandhi Government General HospitalChennaiIndia

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