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Sleeping With Hearing Aids

Should I Sleep In My Hearing Aids?

When maintained and used the right way, hearing aids can improve your quality of life. But, it's not a good idea to sleep with your hearing aids still in place. Now, if you're watching some TV in bed before actually going to sleep, that's a different situation. Otherwise, it's best to take your hearing aids out before catching some Zs. We explain why below.

Disruptive Feedback

If you leave your hearing aids on as you sleep, the microphone picks up anything that gets in your ears. This includes your pillow. When this happens, the result is feedback. This may include higher-pitch frequencies or whistling. 

These sounds can jar you from your slumber or be disruptive for anyone else who may be next to you. If these disruptions happen several times a night, you may not be able to sleep through the night. Should this occur on a regular basis, a lack of sleep may contribute to:

  • Reduced daytime alertness
  • Impaired memory
  • Changes in your normal sleep patterns
  • Increased risk of vehicle accidents if you drive while sleepy

Sleep deprivation has also led to high blood pressure, diabetes, and other issues. Chronic sleep deprivation could even contribute to premature aging. This could include an increased chance of developing wrinkles earlier.

Damage to Your Hearing Aids

Sleeping in your hearing aids could also damage your earpieces. If you're a side sleeper, this is a real risk. This could happen from the pressure from both the weight of your head and the firmness of the pillow. Even if you don't sleep on your side, your hearing aids may fall out as you're sleeping and become damaged.

Issues with Your Own Comfort

Customized earpieces are often made of an assortment of harder materials. These include hard acrylic, silicon, and titanium. If these materials are often pressing against your ears and skin, it can be painful. 

You may also have issues with excess earwax that affects your personal comfort. This can happen by blocking the ability of accumulated earwax to gravitate out of your ears at night.

What to Do Instead of Sleeping in your Hearing Aids

Proper hearing care for hearing aid wearers includes knowing when to take them out. This is something it's best to do when showering or swimming and before you call it a night. When you do take out your hearing aids before going to sleep, keep them in good shape by:

  • Storing your earpieces in a proper storage container or case
  • Inspecting them to look for any visible signs of damage
  • Keeping them in a safe place so they're not knocked onto the floor
  • Making sure your hearing aids are off after you take them out

Call Us Today

We don't recommend sleeping in your hearing aids at Beltone of Northwest Florida. We encourage you to give us a call if you have issues with hearing loss. We have a wide range of customized hearing aids to choose from. 

You can manage hearing loss with hearing aids that meet your preferences and needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with a hearing care professional.