Sleep is valuable. There’s an unpleasant feeling to waking up groggy because you slept less than seven to eight hours that even several cups of coffee can’t help. So when your hearing loss began causing you to have insomnia, you were aghast.
Justifiably so. But there’s something that can help, fortunately: a hearing aid. It’s possible that these small devices can help you get a sounder night sleep, according to recent surveys.
How Does Loss of Hearing Impact Sleep?
Despite the fact that you feel fatigued all day and are exhausted by bedtime, you still toss and turn and have a difficult time falling asleep. All of these issues began about the same time you also started to notice that your mobile phone, radio, and television were becoming difficult to hear.
Come to find out, you’re not imagining things. It’s well documented that individuals who have loss of hearing frequently have a hard time falling asleep, but precisely why is not really recognized. There are, of course, some theories:
- Hearing loss is related to depression, and your sleep cycle can be disturbed by chemical imbalances caused by depression. Because of this, falling asleep and staying asleep becomes more difficult.
- Your brain, when you have loss of hearing, strains to get stimulus that isn’t there. Your whole cycle could be thrown off if your brain is working overtime attempting to hear (It’s the typical issue of not being able to get your brain to shut off).
- Tinnitus can cause you to hear ringing, thumping, and humming and that noise can cause you to lose sleep. (It can become a vicious cycle because loss of sleep can make your tinnitus symptoms worse).
Can Your Sleep be Helped by Using Hearing Aids?
According to one study, 44% of individuals with hearing loss who don’t use hearing aids reported being satisfied with their sleep compared to 59% sleep satisfaction from those who did wear a hearing aid. So does that guarantee it’s safe to suppose hearing assistance devices are also a kind of sleep aid?
Not exactly. If your hearing is totally healthy, wearing hearing aids won’t cure your insomnia.
But if you suffer from hearing loss related insomnia, hearing aids may help in multiple crucial ways:
- Strain: Your hearing aids will essentially diminish the demand on your brain. And when your brain isn’t continuously struggling to hear everything around you, it’ll be less likely to continue that practice while you’re trying to sleep.
- Tinnitus: Depending on the nature and cause of your tinnitus, hearing aids may provide a practical way of treating that buzzing and ringing. This can help stop that vicious cycle and help you get some sleep.
- Isolation: If you’re out and about, interacting with the people in your social group, you’re not so likely to feel depressed and isolated. Hearing aids make maintaining relationships smoother (sleep cycle problems that lead to “cabin fever” can also be lessened).
Achieving a Better Night Sleep Using Hearing Aids
It’s not just how many hours you sleep that’s relevant here. Depth of sleep is as relevant as the number of hours. Hearing aids can improve your ability to get a restful nights sleep because loss of hearing without hearing aids can reduce deep sleep.
It’s important to note that while they’ll help better your sleep, most hearing aids are not supposed to be used overnight. They aren’t going to help you hear better when you’re sleeping (for example, you won’t hear your alarm clock more clearly). And your hearing aids can definitely wear out quicker if you use them during the night. You get deeper sleep if you use them during the day.
Go to Bed!
Sleep is precious. Adequate sleep can keep your immune system in fighting shape, lessen stress levels, and help you think more clearly. Healthy sleep habits have even been linked to reduced risks for heart disease and diabetes.
When your hearing loss begins to affect your sleep schedule, the issue becomes more than aggravating, insomnia can often lead to serious health concerns. Fortunately, most surveys document that people with hearing aids have better quality of sleep.