The Diabetes-Hyperacusis Connection (Sound Sensitivity) – The Oxygen Link


Majid Ali, M.D.

Is there a connection between diabetes and hyperacusis? Yes, there is. What is the connection between the two diseases? Answer: The root cause of both is oxygen dysfunction.

Hyperacusis, in simple words, is unusual intolerance of usual environmental sounds. It is a chronic condition of loudness tolerance, decreased sound tolerance, and sound sensitivity caused by irritability and/or dysfunction of nerves in the inner ear. Some times it is associated with pain. In severe cases, it is disabling. There is some evidence that myelinated fibers are involved in this disorder, and in this sense it can be seen as “multiple sclerosis of inner ear.” At a deeper level, the common denominator in all factors which have been incriminated in the cause of hypercusis are related to oxygen dysfunctions. Diabetes, as I show later in this article is also rooted in oxygen dysfunctions. The reported rates of prevalence of hyperacusis in general public vary from 2% to 8%, the severe form of the disease falling at the lower end of the range.

This article is a part of my series devoted to relationships between diseases. My purpose in offering these articles to show the essential connectedness of chronic diseases. I choose diabetes as the common diseases in most of such articles for the following reasons: (1) Diabetes is the scourge of our times; (2) Diabetes Type 2 is reversible for people willing and able to follow effective insulin reduction programs; and (3) Insulin excess (insulin toxicity) is the underlying cause of diabetes Type 2 and is associated with higher risk of nearly all chronic inflammatory, immune, and degenerative disorders.

Please enter the word “dysox” (short for dysfunctional oxygen metabolism) in the search box of this website to read my articles on the subject. 

Dysox Links Diabetes and Hyperacuosis

The link between diabetes and hyperacusis is predicted by my oxygen models of the two diseases. Below, I present these oxygen models for readers with deep interest in the subject.

Illustration Courtesy The New York Times

CreditJonathon Rosen

My Oxygen Models of Diabetes and Hypderacusis

The Oxygen Model of Diabetes and The Oxygen Model of Hyperucusis are extensions of my Oxygen Model of Health and Disease. They are unifying model that explains all aspects of the two diseases—causes, clinical course, consequences, and control—on the basis of disturbed oxygen function. The most important among these compromised and/or blocked functions are: (1) oxygen signaling; (2) oxygen’s ATP energy generation; (3) oxygen’s detergent functions; (4) oxygen’s cellular detox functions; (5) oxygen-regulated cell membrane and matrix functions; (6) oxygen’s cellular repair roles.

The Oxygen Models of Diabetes and The Oxygen Model of Hyperacusis provide simple models that allows physicians to reduce complexities of diverse clinical syndromes into a workable simplicity.

This model predicts that ongoing research will reveal that components of acidosis (excess acidity), oxidosis (increased oxidative stress), and CUD (clotting-unclotting dysequilibrium) will be found to play important roles.

The crucial importance of the Unifying Oxygen Model of Diabetes and Hyperacusis are that they:

Explain the scientific basis of primary aging processes in the body;

Shed light how health can be preserved by addressing all oxygen-related issues;

Elucidate how toxicities of foods, environments, and thoughts cause tissue injury and disease;

Reveal the mechanisms by which various detox therapies work (Oxygen is the primal detergent which removes cellular grease and allows cells to breathe freely).

Allow the formulation of rational and effective designs for reversing chronic diseases; and

Provide explanations of mechanisms by which time-honored natural remedies work.

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