Loss of hearing gradually develops as you age. According to statistics, hearing loss occurs in about 33.3% of people aged 65 to 75 in America. Hearing loss also occurs in half the population of people above 75 years of age. Hearing loss is hard to notice; the symptoms progress in severity the more you fail to seek medical assistance. It can be severe such that it causes social withdrawal and the development of depression. Insomnia is also a common severe symptom of hearing loss.
Hearing Loss and Sleep Complications
Research conducted shows that most people suffering from hearing loss also suffer from sleeping difficulties. The reason as to why sleeping difficulties occur in hearing loss is yet to be determined. However, some theories aim at explaining why people who have hearing loss also find it hard to sleep at night.
It was discovered that sleeping difficulties in hearing loss is due to:
Hearing loss can cause social isolation and, eventually, depression. Depression leads to an imbalance of chemicals that regulate sleep in your body.
Tinnitus refers to a ringing sound in the ear. The ringing is usually constant and prevents you from sleeping.
A Strain On the Brain
Hearing loss is associated with difficulties in hearing most consonants. Consonants comprise 21 out of the 26 alphabets, implying that they are unable to understand most words. As a result, you keep on asking those around you to repeat what they just said. Similarly, you start filling in the blanks to what you do not hear by reading lips, which puts a strain on your brain. The brain then gets into overdrive, hindering you from sleeping peacefully.
Can Hearing Aids Improve Sleep?
Yes, hearing aids are associated with an improvement in sleep for people suffering from hearing loss. Hearing loss can cause difficulties sleeping despite how tired you are from a long day. Luckily, you can turn to hearing aids for a restful night. 59% of people using hearing aids have reported having a better sleep after getting hearing aids.
Hearing aids improve sleep by reducing the strain that hearing loss puts on your brain, treating tinnitus, and relieving social isolation. With hearing aids, you will not strain your brain by filling in the blanks of what other people say, especially in social gatherings. You will be able to hear words clearly and avoid asking people to repeat what they say. As a result, you will put less strain on your brain and feel more confident in social gatherings. Hearing aids also reduce the ringing in your ears at night, making you sleep better.
However, you should wear hearing aids during the day because they have a few disadvantages when worn at night. Some of the disadvantages include:
- Your hearing aids will quickly wear out and force you to get a replacement.
- You will be unable to hear your morning alarms.
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