1/18/17 Panel Discussion – Hearing Loss & Diabetes

Course Information

Diabetes and hearing loss are two of America’s most widespread health concerns. Nearly 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes, and an estimated 34.5 million have some type of hearing loss. Those are large groups of people, and it appears there is a lot of overlap between the two. A recent study found that hearing loss is twice as common in people with diabetes as it is in those who don’t have the disease. Also, of the 86 million adults in the U.S. who have prediabetes, the rate of hearing loss is 30 percent higher than in those with normal blood glucose. Right now we don’t know how diabetes is related to hearing loss. It’s possible that the high blood glucose levels associated with diabetes cause damage to the small blood vessels in the inner ear, similar to the way in which diabetes can damage the eyes and the kidneys. But more research needs to be done to discover why people with diabetes have a higher rate of hearing loss. -ADA, 2016

Learning Objectives:

Upcoming completing of this webinar, participant should be able to:

1) Analyze the incidence and prevalence of hearing loss among patient who have been diagnosed with diabetes;

2) Discuss disparities among patients experiencing hearing loss and diabetes;

3) Evaluate auditory screening and treatment options for diverse patient populations, who have been diagnosed with diabetes;

4) Compare barriers and facilitators for medical providers around screening, diagnosis, and treatment of hearing loss among diabetes patients; and

5) Measure patient-education material and behavioral health interventions focused on hearing loss and diabetes.

The Morehouse School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Morehouse School of Medicine designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course should take approximately 1 hour to complete.

Original Release Date: January 18, 2017 (2:00pm to 3:00pm)



Dr. Kathy Dowd, AuD received her undergraduate degree in French Education from Spalding University, Masters in Audiology from University of Louisville and Doctorate from Salus University. In the last five years, Dr. Dowd has worked to raise the awareness of chronic disease and ototoxic medications that cause hearing loss by instructing diabetes educators, optometrists and audiologists nationally about this silent unmet medical need. Her background over the past 39 years is varied: educational audiology at local and state levels, as well as private practice in ENT and proprietary clinics. In April 2016 her efforts moved the Centers for Disease Control to add a recommendation for hearing testing to the patient guide: Take Charge of Your Diabetes.


Victor Bray is an Associate Professor and former dean of Osborne College of Audiology. He began his career in direct patient care; had a second career phase in medical device companies as Director for ReSound Corporation, Vice President for Sonic Innovations, and Vice President for OtoKinetics; and is now in his third career phase in academia at Salus University.

Dr. Bray has earned degrees of BS in Biochemistry, MSC in Audiology, and PhD in Speech in Hearing Science. He has presented internationally at numerous workshops, seminars and conferences on the clinical applications of audiology, and has authored book chapters and numerous publications in audiology-related topics.

Dr. Bray was a 2003 recipient of the HIA Volunteerism Award, the 2011 recipient of the Outstanding Alumnus award from the UT-Austin College of Communication, the 2012 recipient of the ADA Wernick Award, a 2014 inductee to NAP and founding chair of the NAP Audiology Academy, and is the 2016 recipient of the ADA Goldstein Award.