Sleep is precious. There’s an unpleasant feeling to getting up groggy because you slept less than seven to eight hours that even several cups of coffee can’t change. So you were aghast when your loss of hearing started to cause you to lose sleep.
And that’s understandable. Thankfully, there’s a little something that can help: a hearing aid. Based upon recent surveys and research, these small devices can likely help you sleep sounder.
How is Sleep Impacted by Loss of Hearing?
In recent days, you’ve noticed yourself tossing and turning more than normal, dealing with fatigue all day no matter how much sleep you get, and then having a hard time falling asleep at night (despite your exhaustion). All of these problems started around the same time you also started to notice that your mobile phone, radio, and television were becoming hard to hear.
It’s not your imagination as it turns out. There is a well-documented relationship between loss of hearing and insomnia, even if the precise sources aren’t completely clear. Some theories have been put forward:
- Your brain, when you have loss of hearing, strains to get stimulus where there isn’t any. If your brain is in high gear attempting to hear while you’re drifting off to sleep, your overall cycle could be disrupted (it’s that “my brain won’t shut off” problem).
- Loss of hearing is connected to depression, and your sleep cycle can be interrupted by chemical imbalances caused by depression. This makes it more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep.
- Tinnitus can cause you to hear thumping, humming, and ringing and that noise can cause you to lose sleep. (It can become a vicious cycle because loss of sleep can worsen your tinnitus symptoms).
Can Your Sleep be Helped by Wearing Hearing Aids?
According to one study, 59% of people who were hearing aid users noted feeling content with their sleep, compared to a 44% satisfaction rate in people who don’t use hearing aids. So are hearing aids a sleep aid or what?
Not exactly. If you don’t suffer from hearing loss, a hearing aid can’t cure insomnia.
But if you are suffering from hearing loss, your hearing aids can target several concerns that may be worsening your insomnia:
- Tinnitus: Dependent on the nature and cause of your tinnitus, hearing aids may provide a reliable means of managing that ringing and buzzing. This can assist you to get some sleep by stopping that vicious cycle.
- Strain: The strain on your brain will effectively reduced by using hearing aids. And when your brain isn’t continuously straining to hear everything around you, it’ll be less likely to continue that practice while you’re attempting to sleep.
- Isolation: If you’re out and about, interacting with the people in your social group, you’re not as likely to feel isolated and depressed. Hearing aids make building relationships less difficult (sleep cycle problems that lead to “cabin fever” can also be decreased).
Getting Better Night Sleep Using Hearing Aids
When it comes to sleep, the number of hours isn’t the only factor to consider. To be sure that your sleep can be really rejuvenating, you need to reach a certain depth to your z’s. Hearing loss can work against that deep sleep, and hearing aids, as a result, can improve your ability to achieve restful sleep.
it should be pointed out that even though they’ll help improve your sleep, the majority of hearing aids are not intended to be used overnight. They aren’t going to help you hear better when you’re in bed (for example, you won’t hear your alarm clock more clearly). And, as time passes, wearing your hearing aids at night can decrease their efficiency. It’s wearing them during the day that helps you get deeper sleep.
Go to Bed!
Getting a good night’s sleep is a precious thing. Ample sleep can keep your immune system in good condition, lessen stress levels, and help you think more clearly. A decreased risk of diabetes and heart disease have also been linked to balanced sleep habits.
When your sleep schedule is disturbed by your hearing loss, the problem becomes more than irritating, insomnia can frequently lead to serious health problems. Thankfully, people document having better quality sleep when they use hearing aids.