Man with hearing loss sleeping better because he has hearing aids.

Not having enough sleep can have a detrimental impact on your health and well being. There’s a disagreeable feeling to getting up groggy because you got less than seven to eight hours sleep that even several cups of coffee can’t help. So when your hearing loss began causing insomnia, you were aghast.

And that’s understandable. But there’s a little something that can be of assistance, thankfully: a hearing aid. It’s possible that these small devices can help you get a sounder night sleep, according to the latest surveys.

How is Sleep Affected by Hearing Loss?

Despite the fact that you feel fatigued all day and are completely drained by bedtime, you still toss and turn and have a difficult time falling asleep. All of these problems began around the same time you also began 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 connection between loss of hearing and insomnia, even if the exact sources aren’t exactly clear. Some theories have been put forward:

  • Hearing loss is related to depression, and your sleep cycle can be interrupted by chemical imbalances as a result of depression. This makes it harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Your brain, when you have hearing loss, strains to get input where there isn’t any. Your whole cycle could be disrupted if your brain is working overtime trying to hear (It’s the common problem of not being able to get the brain to stop).
  • Tinnitus can cause you to hear thumping, humming, and ringing and that noise can keep you awake at night. (It can become a vicious cycle because loss of sleep can make your tinnitus symptoms worse).

Can Hearing Aids Improve Your Sleep?

According to one study, 59% of people who were hearing aid users noted feeling satisfied with their sleep, in comparison to a 44% satisfaction rate in people who don’t wear hearing aids. So does that imply it’s safe to suppose hearing assistance devices are also a kind of sleep aid?

Not exactly. If your hearing is completely healthy, using hearing aids isn’t going to cure your insomnia.

But if you are suffering from hearing loss, your hearing aids can address several concerns that might be contributing to your insomnia:

  • Isolation: Your less likely to feel depressed and isolated if you can connect with people in your social circle when you’re out on the town. Relationships become easier with hearing aids (sleep cycle problems that result in “cabin fever” can also be reduced).
  • Strain: The strain on your brain will effectively lessened by using hearing aids. And when your brain isn’t constantly straining to hear everything around you, it won’t be as likely to continue that practice while you’re trying to sleep.
  • Tinnitus: Hearing aids may be an effective treatment for that buzzing or ringing, depending on the nature of your tinnitus. This can assist you to get some sleep by short circuiting that vicious cycle.

Using Hearing Aids to Get a Better Quality Sleep

In terms of sleep, how many hours is not the only consideration. In order for your sleep to be truly refreshing, it’s important that you obtain a certain level to your z’s. Hearing loss can work against that deep sleep, and hearing aids, therefore, can improve your ability to enjoy restful sleep.

Using your hearing aids on the suggested daytime schedule will benefit your sleep but it’s worthwhile to note that hearing aids aren’t ordinarily designed to be used while you sleep. They don’t help you hear better when you’re sleeping (for instance, you won’t hear your alarm clock better). And, as time passes, using your hearing aids at night can reduce their effectiveness. It’s using them during the day that helps you achieve better sleep.

Go to Bed!

Sleep is precious. Your immune system, your stress levels, and your ability to think clearly will all be benefited by sufficient sleep. Proper sleep habits have even been connected to lower risks for heart disease and diabetes.

When your loss of hearing begins to interrupt your sleep schedule, it’s not only a small irritation, insomnia can often become a serious health issue. Luckily, most surveys report that people with hearing aids have improved quality of sleep.

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