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Diabetes and Hearing Loss Community Forum with Kimball B. Forbes, MCD

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Southwest Utah Public Health Department

620 South 400 East

Main Entrance Multipurpose Room

St. George, UT 84770

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Hearing loss is TWICE as common in people with diabetes

Hearing loss is one of the biggest health concerns in the U.S. It is the third most commonly reported physical condition, following arthritis and heart disease. It affects roughly 20 percent of the American population and can strike people of all ages.

Futhermore, 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 84 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.*

In this presentation you will learn how diabetes effects hearing loss and ways you can prevent and manage it. The presentation will include questions from the audience. In addition, everyone in attendance will receive a free hearing screening. This presentation and free screening will be with Kimball Forbes, MCD from Advanced Hearing and Balance.

Kimball B. Forbes, MCD, has enjoyed helping patients hear well again for 34 years, making him the longest-tenured audiologist in southern Utah. He earned a Master of Communication Disorders in audiology from Brigham Young University and went on to establish 11 hearing clinics in Utah and Nevada, all of which continue to thrive under his direction and leadership. Mr. Forbes specializes in hearing aid sales and service; counseling; earmolds and protective hearing devices; and diagnostic medical hearing assessments for adults and children. His own hearing loss makes him uniquely qualified to treat patients using the latest hearing technologies. He is married to his wife Jonna; the couple are the proud parents of eight children and twelve grandchildren. He enjoys visiting his children and grandchildren as well as his parents. He also enjoys reading history and biographies and watching the Hallmark Channel.

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